We developed concept design proposals for a tourist and leisure destination at the edge of Balloch, overlooking Loch Lomond and the River Leven with iconic views out towards Ben Lomond.
The task was complex as the site was located in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park beside a number of existing businesses including the Maid of the Loch and Loch Lomond Shores. The site has flooding issues related to both the Loch and the River Leven, existing moorings, ecologically important trees, areas of contaminated land, existing adopted and unadopted roads, sewerage and water supply issues.
Our proposals were based on an ‘eco-holiday’ approach, with the retention of the existing landscape setting determining the location, type and character of the new development. We designed a series of low impact, ecologically sensitive components which took account of existing listed buildings and their setting, and ensured that the new development did not impact on access, parking and servicing for the only remaining public slipway, which sits directly beside the development site.
Prior to submission of an application for Planning Permission in Principle, we facilitated a series of discussions with the National Park to reassure them about the character of the proposed development.