An Camas Mòr 2011
Bringing together the aspirations of Cairngorms National Park Authority, Rothiemurchus Estate and Aviemore Community Council An Camas Mòr will be the first new community planned for a National Park in the UK. The aspiration is for a self-sustaining extension to Aviemore, allowing the growing population to live and work locally. Once complete, the settlement will consist of 1500 homes, business, retail, leisure, community facilities and a country park.
The masterplan, design code and phase 1 proposals establish a framework for incremental growth over a period of 20-30 years. The aim is to do this with minimal land take and on land of lower ecological value.
The masterplan records a brief around the themes of community, landscape and local character:
- A distinct identity through new typologies of living and working amongst forest industries, with space for active outdoor lifestyles.
- Capacity for home working integral with space for enterprise and local employment.
- Growing facilities reciprocally with Aviemore.
- A lacework of habitats and landscape corridors.
- Existing pine and birch woods retained.
- Landforms, glacial kettleholes, and the existing forest determining the street layout.
- A wooded setting for new homes.
- A mix of street types from winding high street through closes and lanes to woodland and burns.
- A priority on walking and cycling in shared space streets.
- An upper Speyside palette of materials.
In 2014 An Camas Mòr was shortlisted for a UDG Practice Award.