A plan to revitalise the Highland town of Nairn has been voted by the public as winner of the national ‘FutureTown’ Design Competition.
The plan was submitted by #TeamHamish, a community organisation affiliated with Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise (NICE) and which seeks to celebrate the legacy of Hamish Hey, who passed away in February 2017.
Hamish’s parents stated on the application that “the creation of special community spaces, places and facilities for all ages and abilities to enjoy…would be an appropriate ‘Thank You’ to the community of Nairn for their continued support throughout Hamish’s illness”. The aim of the design is also to increase the attractiveness of the town, situated on the north coast east of Inverness, as a tourist destination.
The holistic design for the town includes a focus on both the Links area and the town centre carpark, including the renovation of the Viewfield House and grounds as an alternative attraction during inclement weather.
The design received strong public support from among a shortlisted of ten entries, which also included Drumchapel (Glasgow), Dunbar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Lanark, Leith (Edinburgh), Saracen Street (Glasgow), Stenhouse (Edinburgh).
Designs from Fife towns Dunfermline and Glenrothes received the second and third highest votes, respectively.
These entries and the full results of the vote can be viewed on the STP website