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a future for rural communities


kilcreggan, argyll and bute, GB

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The Kilcreggan Competition ‘A future for rural communities’ intended to produce ideas which could be replicated in other rural areas to help areas keep families and businesses and attract young people to live and work. The small village competition,Kilcreggan is 40 miles outside of Glasgow, recieved 56 entries and chose Konishi Ga ney Architects as the winning design. Focusing on designing a blueprint for the survival and growth of rural communities. Konishi Ga ney Architects’ proposals provided“some particularly innovative and well considered events along a new foreshore promenade, which could form a template for other rural communities to reinvigorate their communities by improving the amenity of their settlements and makingthem attractive as a destination for others”.The judging panel including GIA president and Page and Park architect Ian Hamilton, Sheppard Robson architect David Ross and Academy of Urbanism director, professor Kevin Murray. Lucid Architecture was awarded second prize and Gordon MurrayArchitects third. The competition was held in partnership with Roseneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust and sponsored by Community Links Scotland. Director Kieran Ga ney said: “Our idea is that the design can be staged to suit theclient’s funding – starting with small scale interventions. We hope that this would be a catalyst for some of the Community Development Trust’s more ambitious proposals and help de€ ne Kilcreggan as an interesting and artistic destination.”Konishi’s proposal:For Kilcreggan to work as the brief requires there needs to be more-to-do. 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.There is clearly no desire to turn the village into a weekend village full of holiday lets so more-to-do means more things to do on a day trip. What better destination for a day trip from Glasgow and beyond than one reached quickest by ship and ferry?Our proposal is to develop Kilcreggan through sensitive, place related artistic interventions and new activities strung along the shoreline.

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