Extensive consultation with the community and local agencies led to an action plan for renewing spaces in the housing estate. This plan proposed developments to create a positive image for the area, improve access routes, create areas for play and quiet relaxation, and make a focal point beacon overlooking the Firth of Clyde.
This example is one of eight carried out by MHLA for West Dunbartonshire Environment Trust for eight different communities in West Dunbartonshire.
MHLA brought together a team including an ecologist, archaeologist, forester and landscape planning expert to identify green/blue corridors across Stirlingshire. These create a network of water courses, woodland, archaeological sites, lowland peatlands and access routes, thereby repairing hundreds of years of destruction and fragmentation, and benefitting wildlife and habitats as well as the human population. MHLA used GIS mapping, thus allowing the information to be incorporated into Stirling Council’s database.
MHLA prepared starter-packs for 14 specific projects that can be progressed quickly once funding comes forward.
MHLA analysed the patterns and interrelation of ecology, landscape and building settlements as part of the planning of development aimed at bringing people back to the island to live and work, and to secure the ongoing health of the community.
The Raploch Design Guides are a pack of information compiled with Anderson Bell Christie Architects for developers. This document lays out the essential elements required to ensure the quality of landscape, streets and public realm in order to make a sustainable community.
MHLA is providing landscape Clerk of Works and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment services to a number of hydro power schemes in sensitive landscapes across Scotland, including National Parks, Search Areas of Wild Land and National Scenic Areas. We are working to carefully locate and enhance these developments so that they fit into the landscape without detriment to the special qualities of these important and sensitive sites.