The Beach

Achmelvich Beach is one of the glories of Scotland’s far north-west cost, with its white sands, turquoise sea and backdrop of Assynt’s jaggedy, dragon-backed peaks. 

Such popularity has brought considerable visitor pressures and the local Assynt Development Trust has stepped forward to take the lead and collaborate with Highland Council to improve and extend the car park and provide a Beach Hub, with toilets, showers, charging points and a Ranger’s Hut.

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Image by Splat Drones

CLIENT / Assynt Development Trust

ARCHITECT / Fraser/Livingstone Architects

Credit Lochinver Landscapes
Photo by Lochinver Landscapes

The Pavilions

FLA won an invited competition and have designed a pair of timber pavilions, on a terrace overlooking beach, machair and car park, which will be constructed in brut dowel-laminated-timber, with screened loggias and overhanging turfed roofs.

DLT is the simplest mass-timber technology with baulks of timber secured by a hardwood dowel which, taking-on moisture, expands and locks panels of timber that can be low-grade, fast growing – perfect for locally-grown Scottish timber. FLA are therefore working with local sawmills and contractors to make the project a healthy material, carbon lock and circular economy exemplar.

With Business Plan by Community Enterprises, the project is now in for Planning and off for funding.

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FLA TEAM /  Ayla Riome, Andrew Dennison, Malcolm Fraser, Robin Livingstone

Site Plan Before
Site Plan - As Existing
Site Plan fixed After
Site Plan - As Proposed
The Car Park towards the Beach
Existing Site