Providing a central feature to the infrastructural upgrade works at Gleneagles Station constructed as part of the lasting legacy of the 2014 Ryder Cup at The Gleneagles Hotel, Christopher Palmer Associates lead a multidisciplinary team commissioned by Perth and Kinross Council to create an intervention for the new Loanhead Roundabout which improved links off the A9 to the Gleneagles Hotel, Village and Station and to the A823 towards Glendevon. Alluding to the vocabulary of sculpted landforms and interplay of manicured lawns and grassland meadow typical of golf course design, the project also borrows from the vegetation palette of the surrounding landscape to create a rolling landscape of lawns, perennial planting and shrubs. Two turf coped dry stone walls that intersect the landforms were constructed by a Community Payback team headed by waller Scott Taylor. The design also features the playful sculptural element of 6 giant golf clubs reaching up to 7.5m high, which Christopher Palmer Associates designed in collaboration with the West Linton based design and build company Old School Fabrications, who constructed and installed the sculpture. Perth and Kinross Provost Liz Grant said of the project: “It’s wonderful to be able to see such a concrete representation of the important role golf plays in tourism and leisure activities in Perth and Kinross, particularly in the year we welcome both The Ryder Cup and The Junior Ryder Cup to the area. This unique sculpture demonstrates just what can be achieved by a multi-agency approach with different Council services and external partners working together. I have no doubt that this impressive construction will quickly become established as a landmark and talking point for visitors and residents alike.”
- Client: Perth and Kinross Council
- Lead Contractor: White Mountain Quarries
- Landscape Contractor: Allison Enterprises
- Sculptural Fabricators: Old School Fabrications
- Walls constructed by the Community Payback Scheme.