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Winners of latest Scottish Scenic Routes contests revealed

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Emerging design studio Processcraft and a team featuring Daniel Smith and Philip Zoechbauer have been named winners in a pair of contests for the latest batch of Scottish Scenic Routes installations

The two teams will receive £5,000 each and mentorship support to deliver their respective schemes at Tomintoul and Devil’s Elbow by March 2016.

A third competition for a site close to Scotland’s longest flight of canal lock gates – Neptune’s Staircase – in Banavie meanwhile concluded without a winner.  

The full results

Devil’s Elbow

  • [Winner] Daniel Smith & Philip Zoechbauer
  • [Highly Commended] Matthew Gibbs, Daniel Sweeting & Joseph Chilvers (OHF Studio)
  • [Shortlisted] Ben Weir
  • [Shortlisted] Ruairidh C Moir (BARD)


  • [Winner] Angus Ritchie & Daniel Tyler (Processcraft)
  • [Highly Commended] Alex Scott-Whitby & Michael Eleftheriou (Scott-Whitby Studio)
  • [Shortlisted] Sharon Chatterton & Ross Melbourne
  • [Shortlisted] Antonis Papamichael, Ryan Cook & Jamie Irving

Banavie [Concluded without a winner]

  • [Shortlisted] Benni Allan
  • [Shortlisted] Angus Ritchie & Daniel Tyler (Processcraft)
  • [Shortlisted] Fergus Davis

According to a statement, the judging panel decided the three shortlisted designs for Banavie were ‘insufficiently robust in addressing the complex range of design challenges and sheer drama and visual impact presented by the surrounding landscape and adjacent world class industrial structure.’

Scottish Canals architect Helena Huws commented: ‘While on this occasion no winner was declared for Banavie, Scottish Canals is committed to continuing to work with the local community, our partners, and the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative to create a landmark that celebrates the unique character of the area and encourages even more people to explore the many wonders of the canal network.’

Neptune's Staircase. Image by Klaus with K

Source: Image by Klaus with K

Neptune’s Staircase. Image by Klaus with K

Banavie finalist Benni Allan praised the contest as a ‘great opportunity for young designers’ but said it was unfortunate no winner was chosen.

He added: ‘Although the brief was thorough in its description, greater attention could have been given to the decisive requirements and critical nature of the political and contentious context in which the project was being considered.

It is a real shame given the huge potential and aspirations the site offers

‘It is a real shame given the huge potential and aspirations the site offers.’

An earlier competition for a separate nearby site in Banavie was also launched last year but abandoned because it ‘did not attract sufficient quality in the entries’ to allow shortlisting.

Launched in 2013, the high-profile £1.5 million Scottish Scenic Routes pilot programme aims to boost tourism and rural employment by creating new road-side visitor attractions.

The contests – organised by the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre – were open to young architects and landscape architects within five years of completing their RIBA Part II or graduating.

The two winning schemes – both inside Cairngorms National Park – will be constructed at the Devil’s Elbow A93 lay-by and a disused quarry near Scotland’s highest village, Tomintoul.

Cairngorms National Park Authority deputy convener Brian Wood said: ‘I am really pleased that the competition has produced two very creative designs for sites in Glenshee and near Tomintoul.

‘Once constructed these, together with the installation at Corgaff scheduled to be in place in November, will give us an outstanding scenic route along the eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park, from Glenshee to Grantown-on-Spey.

This will encourage more people to experience and enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of the Cairngorms

‘This will encourage more people to experience and enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of the Cairngorms.’

Scottish cabinet secretary for rural affairs, food and the environment, Richard Lochhead said: ‘Scenic Routes brings together Scotland’s world renowned landscape with emerging design talent.

‘Previous phases of this initiative have delivered projects with real impact and I have no doubt that this phase will produce the exceptional quality that Scotland’s landscape deserves.  

‘I look forward to visiting the completed projects in Spring 2016, which will be an excellent showcase for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.’

Three earlier competition-winning pilot installations by BTE Architecture (Loch Lomond), John Kennedy (Falls of Falloch) and Studio BARD-founder Ruaraidh Campbell Moir (Loch Lubnaig) have already been completed.

Two further contest-winning schemes by John Kennedy (Corgarff) and Sean Douglas with Gavin Murray (Laggan) are meanwhile due to start on site.

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