Up-and-coming Glasgow-based landscape architect Euan Maharg has won the contest to design a new green bridge over a motorway in the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, Scotland
Maharg was selected from a five-strong shortlist and chosen ahead of second-placed practice Moxon Architects - the London and Aberdeenshire practice which was today (14 November) named among the finalists for the £2.7 million overhaul of the RIBA’s offices at 76 Portland Place.
Edinburgh’s Optimised Environments came third.
The winning scheme in the competition - which was backed by the Glasgow Institute of Architects and Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership - features a 20m-wide ‘woodland habitat bridge’ with a sunken path and cycle-way.
A total of 18 entries were received into the competition which sought ideas to bridge the M73 and connect existing public routes within the 20,000m² park (see all entries here) .
The judges were: Scott Ferguson of Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership; Lizzie Smith of Collective Architecture; Sue Evans of Central Scotland Green Network; Michael Jarvis, the president of the Glasgow Institute of Architects; Alan Cameron of the Landscape Institute; Kenneth Leitch of Napier University; and Derek Hill of Strathclyde University.
Ferguson said: ‘Maharg’s thoughtful presentation and careful consideration of the wider regeneration context of the Seven Lochs project make him a worthy winner. We look forward to working with him on a detailed feasibility study.’
We look forward to working with Maharg on a detailed feasibility study
Maharg said: ‘This bold and colourful brief was a pleasure to address. I found my site trips to Easterhouse and its surroundings a profound experience, which informed my strategy and green bridge proposal.
‘My hope for these new places is that they will ultimately make a sensitive and public contribution to regeneration in Glasgow.’
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Moxon and Euan Maharg make Seven Lochs Park shortlist
Bridge specialist Moxon and Glasgow-based Euan Maharg have been shortlisted in the contest to design a new green bridge over a motorway in the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, Scotland
The two outfits feature among five practices shortlisted for the Glasgow Institute of Architects and Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership-backed ideas competition.
The finalist practices are:
- Cousins and Cousins Architects, London
- Euan Maharg, Glasgow
- Gavin Murray and Alison Hesketh, Glasgow
- Moxon Architects, London and Aberdeenshire
- Optimised Environments, Edinburgh
A total of eighteen entries were received into the competition which sought ideas to bridge the M73 and connect existing public routes within the 20,000m² park.
Scott Ferguson of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership said: ‘The standard of entries was incredibly high – and it was great to see a range of different design solutions being put forward.
‘Iʼm really looking forward to hearing more about the shortlisted entries.’
The competing proposals include a series of green crossings by Moxon, Cousins and Cousins’ ‘bartizan’ viewing platforms and Euan Maharg’s woodland habitat bridge.
The five finalists will present their schemes during a public event at the DNA Hub, South Frederick Street, Glasgow, on Wednesday 13 November between 6pm and 9pm.
The judging panel will select the first, second and third place schemes the same evening. The event will also feature a presentation from by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust on the restoration of Provan inside the Seven Lochs Park.