Kilcreggan Boardwalk Roseneath Peninsula,
Firth of Clyde
A blueprint for the survival and growth of rural communities...
In August 2011 KGA won the Kilcreggan architecture competion to design a blueprint for the survival and growth of rural communities.
Our proposals for the foreshore of the village on the Roseneath Peninsula on the Firth of Clyde were chosen ahead of 56 entries, in a contest organised by the GIA.
Kilcreggan, a small village in Argyll and Bute, developed on the South facing shore of the Firth of Clyde at a time when Clyde steamers brought it within easy reach of Glasgow at about 25 miles (40 km) to the West.
Many Glasgow ship owners and merchants made their summer retreats or permanent residences there, and this is reflected in some grand, listed houses along the shore.
The aim of the design competition is to deliver a vision for the village and framework for development over the next 20 years.
We proposed an artistic boardwalk that hugs the foreshore along the high & low tide lines creating a relationship with water that was previously out of reach.
The boardwalk takes you to explore the edge between sea and land and air; emphasising the geological make-up and encouraging a sense of exploration and appreciation for the place.
Strung along the boardwalk are a number of interventions:
The Echo Chamber (page 1)
The Beach and Pool
An Arrival Point
Picnic spots (page 5)
Warming huts (page 6)
The interventions were each designed to form a destination and together make Kilcreggan an interesting and creative place to visit.
Kilcreggan needed to have more-to-do for day trippers. More-to-do means visitors to support local shops and enterprise making the place desirable and sustainable for families to come and live and work.