Lochside resort to transition Limerigg from coal to leisure
May 18 2023
Detailed proposals to transform a former fishery in the heart of Central Scotland into a leisure resort have been presented by Fraser/Livingstone Architects and Real Estate Wealth Development Group.
Set on the northern shoreline of the Black Loch, close to the village of Limerigg, the work will enhance the site as a location for fishing swimming and water sports by providing holiday lodges and a cafe.
Reclaiming a brownfield site the new additions centre on a retained boathouse, which is to be reclad and wrapped behind a timber loggia for its new role as a 'Big Bothy' restaurant pavilion.
This is joined by 12 timber-lined lodges clad in corrugated steel, which snake their way along a ridgeline to the west. Projecting roofs offer sheltered verandas with corner windows opening onto private decks to enable guests to make the most of the land and waterscape.
Outlining the vision in a press statement the architects wrote: "The coherent collection of new forms sit perched over the existing boat-lined jetty, offering shelter and sustenance against the expansive backdrop of water stretching across the southern horizon.
"Turned to face towards the water, the forms splay out in a sequence of fingers that respond to the existing topography, reducing the lodge's impact from the water while providing snippets of views to the Loch from the approach."
Working with Rankin Fraser Landscape Architecture the team propose a programme of tree planting between the lodges to connect with Limerigg Wood. A play space is also planned, inspired by the coal bings that dominate the former mining landscape.
The design team includes Urban Animation, Will Rudd, DKI Consulting Engineers, David Adamson Group, Ecus and Transport Planning.
Really like the boathouse though.
Do they know anything about the intricacies of hospitality design? These cabins stand proudly, shoulder to shoulder, showcasing their wonderful form. It's a symphony of visual harmony that pays homage to the wonders of repetition. Just like the delicate petals of a flower or the rhythmic waves crashing upon the shore, these cabins remind us that nature itself embraces repetition in all its splendour. They are also arranged in a flowing curve, mirroring the coastline forms. Consider the breathtaking pattern of a flock of birds flying in unison, each wingbeat perfectly synchronised. Similarly, these cabins, with their repetitive design, create a mesmerizing visual rhythm that resonates with the world around them. It's as if they've tapped into the secrets of nature's grand symphony. Look closely, and you'll see that repetition is woven into the very fabric of our planet. Take the awe-inspiring honeycomb structures, each cell meticulously replicated. In a similar vein, these cabins stand as a testament to the architectural brilliance that repetition can bring. They embrace the power of consistent design, offering a sense of familiarity and harmony that is both comforting and awe-inspiring.
If you look at the "Guests will enjoy open aspects across the loch" image, they look like half built bungalows plonked, plonked and plonked.
But... each to their own. You enjoy!
Who needs tedious calculations and complex algorithms when you can simply plonk cabins into place? Forget about fancy angles and intricate measurements. Just give those cabins a gentle plonk, and let the magic of curve formation unfold.
The word wasteland doesn't do it justice, nor does blasted heath. Still, Airdrie's just next door.
As noted recently -- leisure activities in this area / on this scale are a challenge to the worldview of folk of a certain vintage like myself.
However it might represent the transformation of the central belt from an industrial dog's breakfast to a budget version of the Highlands that is easier to reach.
Not the first leisure build in the area -- if the quality is good enough and the ongoing management is properly resourced it might just work.
Still a shock though -- good shock but a shock nevertheless.
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