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Competition: Clachtoll Broch, Assynt

Clachtoll Broch
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Historic Assynt is recruiting an architect to design a £150,000 viewing platform at Clachtoll Broch, one of north-west Scotland’s most iconic archaeological monuments

The winning team will draw up plans for a new structure to provide visitor access to the upper levels of the ruined roundhouse and dramatic views of the surrounding coastal area.

The 2,000-year-old structure stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking Clachtoll beach and the Atlantic Ocean. It survives to the first-floor level 3m above its surroundings and has yet to be significantly excavated by archaeologists.

The project is part of the wider Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership scheme, which aims to fully excavate and consolidate the  Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The competition brief explains that ‘until recently the broch was in a dilapidated state and choked with rubble debris. As a result, visitors could only access the broch by climbing over rubble to walk around the site on the wall head. This was both damaging to the broch and hazardous for visitors.

‘The current Clachtoll Broch Project has been devised as a community archaeology project which engages the local community and visitors in the excavation, stabilisation and post-excavation analysis. The project will provide open and free access to the excavations, opportunities for site visits, training in archaeological and conservation techniques, a schools’ programme and experimental archaeological workshops.’

The selected architect will design a new structure for accessing the ruin and viewing its surroundings. The final project is expected to harness the existing historic steps in the broch’s south wall while not visually distracting from the original setting.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 16 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Gordon Sleight
Historic Assynt
Elderbank
Stoer
Lairg
IV27 4JE

Tel: +44 1571855207
Email: gsassynt@gmail.com

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