Classicist Robert Adam Architects has unveiled this masterplan for the re-development of John O’Groats, one of Scotland’s best known tourist destinations
The practice has developed a scheme, following a 12-week consultation, which aims to ‘maximise the tourist and visitor experience and also to provide for positive local impacts’.
Nigel Gilkison, Associate for Robert Adam Architects commented: ‘[Our vision] for John O’Groats seeks to create an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable community with a distinct local identity and a compact urban form. This approach will provide a safe, sheltered, secure and accessible community, which is looking to the future but well connected with its past
The layout has, according to the firm, been based on the ‘urban precedent of the Scottish coastal village’ and features a group of low scale buildings designed to sit within the landscape.
Gilkison added: ‘Traditionally, the landscape and the materials that can be won from the local landscape have shaped the patterns of building, helping to make places locally or regionally distinctive. In order to create an authentic identity to the regeneration of John O’Groats, new buildings within the masterplan will reference local vernacular building forms and use locally available, traditional building materials.’
Developed by GVA Grimley Ltd together on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the project will be split into four phases – the first ‘critical’ stage being the overhaul of the John O’Groats Hotel, the creation of a new harbour square, the refurbishment of the Last House Museum and the restoration of coastal paths to Duncansby Head and to the John O’Groats Mill.