a village in the woods

An Camas Mòr is a planned sister community to Aviemore, on the Rothiemurchus side of the river Spey, in the Scottish Highlands.

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The Aviemore community is guiding the vision for An Camas Mòr

Gehl Architects are working with the local community to shape the design for An Camas Mòr.

Follow the community meetings in pictures.


  • 24 November 2005: public meeting chaired by Aviemore and Vicinity Community Council.

  • Rothiemurchus homes estate agents

    September 2006: second public meeting where the main message from the community was ‘get a move on!’.

  • September 2006: it was proposed that a community project would provide joined up recreation facilities for Aviemore and An Camas Mòr at Aviemore Countryside Park.

  • November 2008: comments about people’s social and economic needs informed the design of the High Street.

  • September 2006: this public meeting included discussion of what people wanted from their homes and building design.

  • May to September 2008: Workshops led by the Master Planner, Engineers and environmental assessment team.

  • November 2008: people’s comments on recreation, care and retirement are included in the design for the Masterplan Report.

  • Homes Highlands Rothiemurchus Rural Housing Sustainable

    November 2008: public meeting where there was popular support for the plans- although some people objected not to the plans as such, but to the principle of any new development.

  • February 2009: people were invited to make their comments to the planning authority.

  • November 2005: invitation to first public meeting chaired by the Community Council.



LESLEY McKENNA

‘…An Camas Mòr gives the local people a stake in shaping a progressive and sustainable future for themselves and the environment.’

An Camas Mòr supporter



‘We are currently working on the next phase of the Masterplan. As we progress with the project it is crucial for us to hear your thoughts and wishes for An Camas Mòr’.

David Sim
Creative Director and Architect at Gehl

‘Aviemore and vicinity Community Council plan new living and working space across the river Spey, on Rothiemurchus. We felt it was our responsibility to respect the community’s wishes and make an environment that supports people and nature.’

Johnnie Grant of Rothiemurchus

‘We are currently working on the next phase of the Masterplan. As we progress with the project it is crucial for us to hear your thoughts and wishes for An Camas Mòr’.

David Sim
Creative Director and Architect at Gehl

Imagine a village surrounded by natural life

Imagine a village hidden in the the forest, with wedges of trees and ‘biotripe strips’ coming deep into the centre.

An Camas Mòr is designed on the principle that it should be a good habitat for humans and wildlife.

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‘An Camas Mòr is founded on the wishes of the community. Aviemore and vicinity Community Council plan a sister community to Aviemore across the river Spey, on Rothiemurchus. We felt it was our responsibility to respect the community’s wishes and make an environment that supports people and nature’.

Johnnie Grant of Rothiemurchus





Scottish tradition meets Nordic design

An Camas Mòr is designed by Gehl architects, Copenhagen who are at the forefront of sustianable architecture. Scottish architect, David Sim, is leading the team and collaborating with the community.

An Camas Mòr reinvents Strathspey’s tradition of forest villages, where people and nature work together.


‘Love the idea of the wedges (wildlife corridors) & keeping as many trees as possible & micro habitats’.

An Camas Mòr supporter


CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY

‘…the fundamental public interest in terms of environment, economy and culture is overwhelmingly in support’.

planning committee minute, 23 August 2013



‘Terrific concept very well thought out…hope this goes ahead and stops the destructive expansion of Aviemore’.

An Camas Mòr supporter


Scottish by design: efficient by nature

Find out how traditional forms make efficient, affordable and sustainable communities.

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‘I like the idea of having covered indoor outdoor areas. I think the whole project looks good…’

An Camas Mòr supporter


Team

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Statement for the Planning Application submitted May 2009

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“Some very good planning . Nice warm feel using timber for outer cladding. Very good work on contemporary design”.

An Camas Mòr supporter

“I hope I live to see it!”.

An Camas Mòr supporter