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The unique ‘drum’ design of the Pentland Outdoor Centre is enhanced by vertical Russwood Scotlarch® cladding and stacked window panes, creating a striking addition to the landscape.

The brief for architects Andrew Wilmot and Dario Alonzi of Oberlanders was an exciting one: to design a building with sound eco credentials married to a strong sense of place. The stone wall base course adds thermal mass to the building, while the use of solar panels on the sloped roof offers a sustainable solution to energy generation and consumption. With its knotty appearance and subtle colour variation, Scotlarch® contributed to the building’s distinctive aesthetic whilst offering the durability to withstand the wet Scottish climate.

Occupying a prime position opposite Hillend, this contemporary retail complex acts as a ‘gateway to Edinburgh’ and the design makes the most of the site’s strong visual connection to the Pentland Hills, exposing stunning panoramic views from all three floors. Comprising retail sales, ‘front of house’ facilities for Pentland Rangers, staff residences, ski rental/repairs and café areas, the building confidently establishes itself as an ecological hub for exploring the great outdoors.

The building won the praise of the community for its ‘exciting and innovative design’, and Oberlanders Architects were equally impressed, stating: “Russwood offered expert advice on an array of design issues… the help and support we received was first class.”

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