Aberdeen architecture students are getting in gear with designs for a mountain bike trail centre in a north-east wood.
Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) have been working with students at the city’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) on a project to imagine a facility in Kirkhill Forest.
The designs will go on display at RGU’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment on Tuesday, February 10, as part of an open meeting to discuss the future of the sport.
Graeme McLean, project manager for Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, said there was a “geographical gap” in provision at present, with most centres in the central belt.
He said: “We hope that the inspiration which the students’ designs will provide will help the mountain bike community to realise what might be possible within the area.
“The north-east is the second most popular area for people to visit to mountain bike in Scotland so we know the demand is there. Hopefully the designs will set the ball rolling on getting a real centre in the future.”
Architecture lecturer at RGU, Gillian Wishart, said: “Using Kirkhill Forest as an example site, our students have been formulating ideas as to how best to incorporate architecture into trail centres.
“We hope that this will provide inspiration for future development of mountain biking facilities across Aberdeen city and shire.”
Calum Murray, communities, recreation and tourism manager at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “We are really looking forward to seeing the results of the students’ work over the past few months.
“It will be a great starting point, showing what is possible when we bring together the combined knowledge of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, alongside the potential partnership opportunities with Forestry Commission Scotland and the vision of the students.”
An exhibition of student work will be held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, followed by a short presentation and workshops with Graeme McLean and Calum Murray. The event is free and open to all.
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