Thomson Gray are pleased to have been involved in the redevelopment of the former Egg Shed at Ardrishaig Harbour that has recently won the Regeneration category at the 2020 Scottish Design Awards. The building now forms a retail and community facility at the beginning of the Crinnan Canal and a focal point for visitors to the area.

Our team were instrumental in gaining funding for our client, Scottish Canals and the project took in many aspects of re-developing this former industrial site. The Egg Shed sits on made ground reclaimed from the sea loch at the end of the 19th century, and this along with its former industrial usage meant that development was not straightforward. Large portions of the overall funding for the project were allocated to undertaking the extensive measures required to deal with the legacy of contamination and to raise ground level across the site as protection against coastal flooding.

A new place identity, ‘Ardrishaig Harbour’, has been created to allow and ensure the overall impact of the development is apparent to local people and tourists. The works also included works to the Steamer Café, the Harbour Masters office and new boat pontoons to Loch Gilp.

The building was created for Scottish Canals and designed by Oliver Chapman Architects and Harrison Stevens Landscape Architects. Four-by-Two designed the interior visitor environment as well as the branding strategy for both the Egg Shed and the wider Ardrishaig Harbour site.

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