Whiteness Head sits within the Moray Firth with a landscape setting that is incomparable. The immediate contact with sea, sand dunes, saltmarsh and forest establishes a unique character, made even more extraordinary by the legacy of industrial intervention. As the site of an oil industry fabrication yard for 25 years, the site’s distinctive nature and history formed the basis for creating a unique new environment to live and work in.
The masterplan for a new village was informed by the existing habitats edging the site, creating distinct landscape neighbourhoods: forest edge; dune edge; harbour edge and wetlands. Landscape features form focal points across the site, varying from strategic viewpoints to bird hides and remnants of the site’s industrial past.
Planting was carefully selected using native vegetation to ensure the successful merging of the new scheme within the broader setting.