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Plans emerge for Cairngorm National Park Authority HQ extension

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January 12 2015

Plans emerge for Cairngorm National Park Authority HQ extension
Cairngorms National Park Authority is working up plans for an extension to its existing Grantown on Spey headquarters, providing space for an additional 30 staff as well as a new boardroom.

Designed by Moxon Architects to provide a new public facing entrance the scheme will play host to exhibitions and informal meetings whilst offering new connections to the War Memorial.

In doing so it adopts a low profile with a new roof terrace formed from an existing high level emergency access point, masked from the street by a sloping, planted roof.

In a statement Moxon wrote: “The new building connects through to the current building with a shallow indent on the street edge to allow for a relaxed public entrance and a safe location for disabled parking & access. This indent is defined by the rear elevation of the existing premises, the entrance elevation of the extension and its return to the street edge. 

“The fourth edge of the indent to Church Avenue is partially enclosed by a low granite wall extending along the line of the current annex, creating the courtyard form of the proposal that is common to secondary streets in the Grantown on Spey Conservation Area.”
A glazed portal connects the new build element to the rear of existing premises
A glazed portal connects the new build element to the rear of existing premises
An external meeting space and wild garden will be provided
An external meeting space and wild garden will be provided

Existing premises will be adapted to connect directly to the upper level and a new roof terrace
Existing premises will be adapted to connect directly to the upper level and a new roof terrace
Park authorities will benefit from a new boardroom
Park authorities will benefit from a new boardroom

4 Comments

Stevie Steve
#1 Posted by Stevie Steve on 12 Jan 2015 at 13:19 PM
Some very convincing renders and looks like a nice project!
james
#2 Posted by james on 12 Jan 2015 at 16:52 PM
I like the sculptural design approach to this. Its abstract 'collage'-type language is sensitive and impact softened greatly by the use of timber together with glass and lead/zinc. It has 'feminine' qualities, I'd say, or at least has a pleasant lack of testosterone about it.
Graham
#3 Posted by Graham on 13 Jan 2015 at 18:35 PM
more accommodation more staff more cost I suppose it is par for the course with this type of organisation
Art Vandelay
#4 Posted by Art Vandelay on 14 Jan 2015 at 09:59 AM
Aye, ok. But what about the building?

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