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Scotland names Scenic Routes winners

The winners have been announced in the latest contest to create new visitor attractions at Scotland’s most beautiful viewpoints

A series of shelters known as The Watchers by Part 2 student John Kennedy has been chosen for a site on the exposed A939 road in the Cairngorms National Park.

The Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners employee beat David Tinto with Joanne Dunwell and Esther Macias, Matthew Tranter with Kimberley Stott, and Ruairidh Campbell Moir, who was highly commended.

Meanwhile, two Mackintosh graduates – Sean Douglas of Sutherland Hussey and Gavin Murray of Elder & Cannon – won the contest for a site on the Caledonian Canals at Laggan with their Harbour Rest proposal.

The duo defeated Jamie Ross, Judit Urgellés, Catriona Gray, and Edinburgh School of Architecture graduates Melissa Lawson and Ross Aitchison who were highly commended.

Planned to complete by March next year, the two structures are the latest instalment in the Scottish Government’s £1.5 million Scenic Routes Initiative which seeks to open up remote and spectacular parts of the country’s landscape.

The competition organisers also sought proposals for Devil’s Elbow and Banavie but abandoned the projects, claiming that ‘the two sites did not attract sufficient quality in the entries to allow them to be taken forward for shortlisting’.

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