Abel recently graduated from The University of Sheffield in Landscape Architecture with Ecology and joined horner +maclennan for his Year Out. Alongside his studies, Abel has been involved in a wide range of live projects, from masterplanning and visualizing large scale developments over long timescales, to detailed planting design. Abel is particularly interested in ecological design, rewilding, and how we can adapt our world for an uncertain future of climate change. He has organized research expeditions exploring the use of climate resilient plants in the Canadian Rockies, as well as the impacts of climate change on agriculture in remote mountain communities in the Indian Himalayas. As a qualified Mountain Leader and keen climber and fell runner, Abel finds inspiration in the wild places he explores and the people he shares these adventures with. You can usually find him running or climbing in the mountains of the Cairngorms or lost somewhere on the dramatic west coast of the Scottish Highlands.
h+m hope all are safe and well after these difficult times and are delighted that now lockdown restrictions are gradually lifting that they’ve been part of the project to develop a new shoreline path at Findhorn bay which will allow more people than ever, including wheelchair users access to some of the best views in the area.
h+m are very pleased to be shortlisted for the 2019 FutureTown Design competition with our ‘From Parking Space to Public Space’ proposal for Castle Terrace car park in Edinburgh. Public voting takes place this week, so we’d encourage you to review the competing proposals and grateful for anyone who votes for our submission.
It’s hard not to enjoy Edinburgh in the sunshine. Saughton Park has some excellent examples of contemporary herbaceous and perennial planting at the moment.
We recently undertook a Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal for a 44 unit mixed house type development in the settlement of Auchtertyre which lies to the north of the A87, near the junction with the A890, approximately 8km east of Kyle of Lochalsh. Key issues were the potential impacts on the Kintial National Scenic Area, the Kyle - Plockton SLA and the Lochalsh Woodland Walks Garden and Designed Landscape. None of these designations were found to be ffected by the proposed development. The report also included landscape proposals to mitigate the impacts on views from the road. The planning application was submitted in March 2019.
NTS have appointed h+m along with Aquatera to undertake 'dead ground' analysis to identify areas where development would not impinge on important views from Culloden Battlefield, and to produce wireline images of a series of possible scenarios to illustrate the potential effects of development on the visitors' experience of the battlefield.
h+m undertook a landscape characterisation exercise in 2014 to assist in the successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the a grant of £2.9 Million to go towards twenty eight projects aimed at protecting Coigach and Assynt's nature and heritage. These included creating and expanding native woodland, offering outdoor learning to local schools, major repairs to the approach and summit paths of the mountain Suilven, and work to excavate and stabilise Iron Age settlement Clachtoll Broch. The Suilven path repairs project was completed in September 2018 and an planning application was submitted for a viewing platform at Clachtoll Broch in January 2019.
Pleased to see this project up and running following h+m’s role in site planning and design and obtaining the planning permission.
With immediate effect, our Edinburgh office address will change from No 6 to No 8 Darnaway Street. Post code and telephone number will remain unchanged. Whilst we are not physically moving office, part of our building has been sold and has been subdivided, with the resultant effect of altering our formal address.
I would be grateful if you would update your records accordingly. Thank you.
Nucleus, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive in Wick recently won the 2018 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, one of the top architectural awards in the UK. Designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, and with landscape design by horner + maclennan, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, described the project as “showing great inventiveness in enhancing its local area, and is another terrific example of the standard of architectural creativity here in Scotland.”
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.