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January 19 2018

Lofty ambitions for UK’s highest restaurant
Plans for the UK’s highest restaurant have been published by Natural Retreats who have commissioned Trail Architects to overhaul the visitor experience.

This seeks to enhance the appeal of the adventure and leisure destination, situated 3,599ft above sea level, through provision of a replacement day lodge housing a café, shops, ski centre, creche adventure zone, offices and event space.

A staff bunkhouse would also be provided in addition to a mountain rescue and medical centre for the mountaineering base, which would also play host to an artificial ski slope, mountain bike trails and elevated walkway.

Speaking of the need for change Adam Gough, of Natural Retreats, said: "Its sense of arrival is slightly underwhelming, there is a lot of congestion, and there are operational challenges.

"If we can solve that we can then open earlier and get more skiing time."

Angled structural posts are used to provide additional floorspace on prime upper floors while simultaneously minimizing its footprint.
A rooftop deck will offer expansive views during the summer season
A rooftop deck will offer expansive views during the summer season
Durable materials as employed at the Snowdon Mountain Summit building will be used
Durable materials as employed at the Snowdon Mountain Summit building will be used

6 Comments

Tom
#1 Posted by Tom on 19 Jan 2018 at 15:52 PM
Why on earth do you need a gym at the top of a mountain??
Puzzle
#2 Posted by Puzzle on 19 Jan 2018 at 20:47 PM
It's a hill, which you could reach barefoot with a cup of tea in your hand. Yet it needs a car park, funicular and a gym on top of that. Brilliant, shame on you Courmayeur, Kitzbuchel or tiny Aspen...
Puzzle
#3 Posted by Puzzle on 19 Jan 2018 at 21:19 PM
It's a hill, which you could reach barefoot with a cup of tea in your hand. Yet it needs a car park, funicular and a gym on top of that. Brilliant, shame on you Courmayeur, Kitzbuchel or tiny Aspen...
DJ
#4 Posted by DJ on 22 Jan 2018 at 10:26 AM
Which mountan? Ben Nevis?
Chris Ditchfield
#5 Posted by Chris Ditchfield on 22 Jan 2018 at 14:53 PM
@DJ - its Cairngorm Mountain.
@Tom - my thoughts too. And the elevated walkway - given you are already up at 3,500 ft.
Anything to improve facilities, especially for skiing is worth investigating, but the main change would be to reinstate the uplift on the West Wall from the overspill car park, which has become so dilapidated it can't be used any more. This looks like introducing mountain biking to the area, rather than to benefit skiing to me.
Urban Realm
#6 Posted by Urban Realm on 22 Jan 2018 at 15:16 PM
The gym was part of an earlier Threesixty Architects project and is not present in the current plans. I've amended the text accordingly.

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