Skakel & Skakel towers over loch

Skakel & Skakel has designed interiors, signage, packaging, merchandising and marketing literature for Drumkinnon Tower, a visitor attraction on the banks of Loch Lomond, for a fee believed to be in the region of £150 000.

Skakel & Skakel has designed interiors, signage, packaging, merchandising and marketing literature for Drumkinnon Tower, a visitor attraction on the banks of Loch Lomond, for a fee believed to be in the region of £150 000.

The Tower, which opened yesterday, is part of an ambitious development that aims to bring over a million visitors to the Loch Lomond area each year. The development includes a 5574m2 retail crescent and the Campbell & Co-designed National Park Gateway Centre, the entrance to Scotland’s first national park (DW 27 June).

The consultancy’s design aims to enhance the building’s setting and offer sustainability to the attraction, says Skakel & Skakel managing director Richard Skakel. He says an important consideration was flexibility of use and incorporating the needs of both visitors and corporate customers.

The design centrepiece of Drumkinnon Tower is the great hall, with a 16m glazed outlook over the loch. A central supporting ‘concrete tree’, consisting of splayed columns, has a canopy of sail-like panels.

The consultancy was appointed last October following a five-way strategic pitch.

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