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April 20 2015

Archial Norr to design Dunottar Castle visitor centre
Dunecht Estates have unveiled concept images of a planned of a £1.5m visitor centre for Dunottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, as part of work to improve access to the historic fortification amidst a rise in visitor numbers.

This will see a coastal walkway built around the 15th century ruin as well as the creation of new viewing points, a park and five homes.
Incorporating a café, shop and exhibition space the visitor centre will boast panoramic views of the castle.

Neil Cruickshank of Archial Norr, said: “The scheme we have developed has been done in close communication with (council) planning and went through different phases and guises.

“We are not looking to do something that is twee (but) something that is built of its time but without shouting its presence for miles around. We’re looking for something that is high-quality. We don’t want to do something here that is just a shed. This is a once in a lifetime project to design this site.”

A planning application for the project is expected shortly.
A coastal walkway will connect to nearby Stonehaven
A coastal walkway will connect to nearby Stonehaven
Dunecht Estates are currently seeking community feedback on the plans
Dunecht Estates are currently seeking community feedback on the plans

11 Comments

Jon
#1 Posted by Jon on 20 Apr 2015 at 13:29 PM
Pretty bland - looks like a missed oppurtunity
visitor
#2 Posted by visitor on 20 Apr 2015 at 17:00 PM
i like this. i think it looks well considered, and, at a guess, squeezes quite a lot out of a tight budget.
sultan of brooneye
#3 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 20 Apr 2015 at 19:59 PM
This is entirely generic in appearance, I feel like AN have copy/pasted this countless times. The building looks like it was bored before it even began.
Darth Vader
#4 Posted by Darth Vader on 21 Apr 2015 at 14:10 PM
Is this the winner of an architectural competition?
archfan
#5 Posted by archfan on 21 Apr 2015 at 19:19 PM
The proposed building looks pretty good, about time they built a visitor centre that keeps the focus on the main attraction.....the castle. Shame it didn't happen a few years ago, the castle has been in need of some form of facilities for a while now.
sultan of brooneye
#6 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 21 Apr 2015 at 20:29 PM
This is entirely generic in appearance, I feel like AN have copy/pasted this countless times. The building looks like it was bored before it even began.
D to the R
#7 Posted by D to the R on 21 Apr 2015 at 22:03 PM
If you want Richard Murphy ... Get Richard Murphy
Rem-Job
#8 Posted by Rem-Job on 22 Apr 2015 at 09:12 AM
I would be interested to see the other 'guises' ... just to see how they reached this point. I imagine the next 'guise' will be a signature AN cladding panel to replace the stone .....
RJB
#9 Posted by RJB on 22 Apr 2015 at 13:08 PM
It looks pretty cool in the second picture, but really lumpen in the first (to much glass maybe?). Something along the lines of Munkenbeck and Marshall Isle of Bute Vistor centre would be cool . (though as a precedent its pretty different from the situation here)
dalrylama
#10 Posted by dalrylama on 22 Apr 2015 at 16:31 PM
I wonder of the phases it went through were something like this -

Phase 1: design a shed
Phase 2: tell everyone it isn't a shed
Phase 3: submit shed for planning

Shabbadoo
#11 Posted by Shabbadoo on 22 Apr 2015 at 20:28 PM
Unfortunate choice of views for the images..... or it's just a fairly boring design.
Reading between the lines, looks like archial have lost the argument with the planners.

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