An Camas Mòr 2011

An Camas Mòr 2011 Project Images
An Camas Mòr 2011 Project Images

Bringing together the aspirations of Cairngorms National Park Authority, Rothiemurchus Estate and Aviemore Community Council An Camas Mòr will be the first new community planned for a National Park in the UK. The aspiration is for a self-sustaining extension to Aviemore, allowing the growing population to live and work locally. Once complete, the settlement will consist of 1500 homes, business, retail, leisure, community facilities and a country park.

The masterplan, design code and phase 1 proposals establish a framework for incremental growth over a period of 20-30 years. The aim is to do this with minimal land take and on land of lower ecological value.

The masterplan records a brief around the themes of community, landscape and local character:


  • A distinct identity through new typologies of living and working amongst forest industries, with space for active outdoor lifestyles.
  • Capacity for home working integral with space for enterprise and local employment.
  • Growing facilities reciprocally with Aviemore.


  • A lacework of habitats and landscape corridors.
  • Existing pine and birch woods retained.
  • Landforms, glacial kettleholes, and the existing forest determining the street layout.
  • A wooded setting for new homes.


  • A mix of street types from winding high street through closes and lanes to woodland and burns.
  • A priority on walking and cycling in shared space streets.
  • An upper Speyside palette of materials.

In 2014 An Camas Mòr was shortlisted for a UDG Practice Award.