h+m were involved in preparing the landscape proposals and are delighted that Highland Council have gave approval to the Inverness Justice Centre.
Ourselves and Neil Gillespie, were delighted to be announced the overall winners for the LIS design competition ‘A House and Grounds for an Art Collector’. The awards ceremony for which took place on the 28th September 2016 in Glasgow’. The competition celebrated collaboration and inspiration between landscape architects and architects as part of the LIS contribution to the 2016 Festival of Architecture. Both disciplines were required to demonstrate a true partnership to develop internal and external ‘gallery’ spaces siting art works and their overall integration with the house, grounds and surrounding landscape.
We were very pleased that Knockando Woolmill was one of the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage /Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. This prestigious award reflects extremely well on everyone involved. We all knew it was a special project and it is fantastic that it has received such widespread acclaim.
h+m were originally commissioned by the Highland Council to provide two sketch proposals for environmental improvement works to the car park and visitor space at Chanonry Point – a popular tourist spot, attracting over 120,000 visitors a year, all hoping for a glimpse of the local dolphin pod. We won a further commission to detail up the preferred sketch proposal and take the project through to completion. The contract works totalled £275k, which, we feel, was money well spent. We are delighted that the new and improved Chanonry Point is now open for the public to enjoy and hopefully cherish! We’ve had some really positive feedback both from local folk and those travelling from far and wide.
The planning application for the restoration of the former fire damaged Craig Dunain asylum in Inverness for private residences has just been submitted. h+ m prepared landscape proposals for the grounds, centred around utilising the remains of the original chapel as an outdoor courtyard, and taking inspiration from the grass weaving artworks of former asylum patient Angus McPhee, the well-known ‘silent Highland weaver of grass’, whose works were derived from his early experiences of traditional island weaving in South Uist. The layout incorporates a sequence of elements which represent the principles of weaving - a strong linear warp with a sinuous flowing weft - entwining the old building into the new layout.
Fantastic news that The Heritage Lottery Fund have approved the application for the KIlmartin Museum Redevelopment allowing design work to progress early next year.
Heritage Lottery Fund Support for Kilmartin Museum
Argyll's Kilmartin Museum Gets Lottery Boost
Heritage Lottery Fund Endorses Kilmartin Museum Redevelopment
Holmes Miller in collaboration with landscape architects horner + maclennan draw up plans for Merchiston Castle School sports hall.
Queen Victora School, Dunblane
Following a very successful collaboration at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, h+m in collaboration with Holmes Millar, Architects have been appointed to masterplan the redevelopment of Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, a MOD boarding school. The landscape led masterplan will re-establish the settings of the existing listed buildings, introduce a structured pattern of new buildings and green spaces and prepare landscape management proposals for the wider campus.
Following our preparation of a report refuting Highland Councils reasons for refusal in relation to impacts on residential amenity and cummulative landscape and visual impacts, in December the reporter upheld the appeal and granted permission for this 4 turbine development.
horner + maclennan were delighted to be awarded a commendation for Polnoon Residential Streets Project, Eaglesham at the recent LIS Placemaking Competition
Well done Katherine, completing her Lands End to John O'Groats cycle, 1114 miles over 14 days, fantastic achievement.
This September, Katherine from our Inverness office will be attempting the infamous Land’s End to John O’Groats, on her bike, in memory of her father and in aid of Teesside Hospice. Well done Katherine, we're all behind you here at Horner and Maclennan, well not literally!! but we're thinking of you.
Good Luck, great cause.
Chanonry Point lies at the end of a spit of land known as Chanonry Ness, which extends south into the Moray Firth and is within walking distance of the Ross-shire villages of Fortrose and Rosemarkie. The point has received international acclaim as one of the most regarded places in Europe to witness dolphins from the shore and as a result, is one of the top ten most popular visitor attractions in the Highlands, receiving approximately 120,000 – 140,000 visitors per year. As a consequence, the sheer volume of traffic has given rise to a range of problems for golfers, those living at the point and the unknown number of visitors who are unable to get a parking space.
The Highland Council has appointed horner+maclennan to prepare two sketch proposals to help address the issue of problem parking and to provide Chanonry Point with a sympathetic ‘face-lift’ that reflects the importance of the place as a valued tourist attraction.
The sketch proposals will be displayed for a week of public consultation, in the main entrance area at Fortrose Leisure Centre, together with a questionnaire, during the week commencing 9th June. There will be an all-day drop-in session on Thursday 12th June, where the proposals can be discussed with both The Highland Council and horner+maclennan.
Following the public consultation event, all responses will be taken into account in the production of a final sketch proposal.
Following Keith’s appearance at the appeal hearing in January, acting for SNH in opposing the windfarm proposal in a sensitive location north of Creiff, the Reporter has recently dismissed the appeal and refused planning permission due to landscape and cumulative impact.
Wishing you a very merry christmas and a prosperous 2014 from all at h+m.
Instead of sending cards this year, we have made a donation to Reverse Retts.
On 18th September, Keith attended the formal opening of the Showhouse for Phase 1 of the Polnnon residential development in Eaglesham, for which h+m acted as Landscape Architect.
This Scottish Government led initiative in association with Mactaggart and Mickel aimed to demonstrate that the design principles of ‘New Residential Streets’ can be achieved by volume house builders. Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning hailed the project as an exemplar of successful place making and of the benefits of a collaborate approach by all involved.
With thanks to Konishi Gaffney Architects
Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) in association with Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP) and Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) has launched a competition asking design professionals and students to produce concept design proposals to connect two key sites within the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.
The full brief can be read here:
horner + maclennan are pleased to announce the release of our revised website, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation, updated with the latest information about our projects and services.
One of our main goals was to build a user-friendly and simple to navigate site and easy for us to keep updated. The new design allows the users to quickly find the contents thanks to its low hierarchical structure.
Getting the latest news from horner + maclennan is now easier than ever or find us on Facebook and make sure that you follow us to keep up to date with what's going on!
Keith heads off for a cycle tour of the land of windmills and canals - expect photos of an organised, geometric landscape punctuated with wind turbines, major coastal defences and water management schemes and sleepy rural villages.... and a giant Edam cheese.
h+m have been invited to submit a tender proposal for a major overhead transmission line routing study and landscape and visual impact assessment through Dumfries and Galloway. At over 180km in length, this will be a massive project with a three year programme.
Plans for the Cove Community Windfarm on the Rosneath Peninsula, for which h+m developed the design layout and undertook the LVIA, have had to be dropped due to problems securing the agreement of landowners involved. This is disappointing news for all involved, especially members of the local community that have worked so hard in bringing this together.
h+m were invited by ENVIRON to join their team bidding for the Cefn Coch Transmisison Line Project. This is a major transmission line routing and assessment project in central Wales.
We're delighted to report that both Forth Valley College campuses at Alloa and Stirling received Civic Trust Awards in the ceremony at Cardiff last night. These are amongst the most significant awards in the UK – only 32 being awarded on the night, 4 in Scotland. Furthermore, Stirling took the Special Award for Scotland. The Civic Trust Awards are not simply about architecture – they recognise the benefit that each project brings to the community through the enhancement of the civic realm. Our client on this project was Reiach & Hall Architects, lead designer and architect.
More can be read at:
Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea), including its sexual stage,Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus (H. pseudoalbidus).
The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and usually leads to tree death. Visit the Forestry Commission website for more information on identifying affected trees.
The Forestry Commission have also produced a free Smartphone App (iOS or Android) that allows you to report affected trees