Cow ‘flyover’ keeps everyone moo-ving at Royal Highland Show

Perthshire team steps in to ease congestion at one of Scotland’s largest outdoor events 

An expert team led by Bell Ingram Design has completed one of its most unusual projects to date – to create a ‘flyover’ for cattle at the Royal Highland Show.
The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland approached Perthshire-based Bell Ingram Design with the challenge to resolve a traffic issue involving livestock and visitors at the main show ring at the Ingliston showground.Livestock bridge, Ingliston, Edinburgh, 21st, June, 2016
In previous years, the main pedestrian walkway would be temporarily closed at intervals throughout the day to allow livestock to pass from the holding ring into the show ring. That forced hundreds of visitors to stop and wait until it reopened, which in turn caused blockages.
Now, thanks to Bell Ingram Design’s innovative solution, cattle will be able to travel via the new flyover, while the crowd will be free to move through an underpass without delay.
Iain Cram, director of a team of architects at Bell Ingram Design, spoke of the intricate geometry required to complete this one-of-a-kind project while taking up as little valuable space as possible.
He said: “It’s fair to say that it’s not every day you get asked to design a flyover for large numbers of prizewinning livestock.
“This commission was all about creating a better user experience for the thousands of people who visit the Royal Highland Show.
“The project is more than a little different to the norm, so is not without its challenges. For example, we were very concerned to be sure that the animals would be happy to use the flyover.
“So we have had to take this into consideration and designed the ground of the crossing as a stone farm track, so that it feels natural under hoof.
“This is unusual and significant win for Bell Ingram and we were very excited to work Alltec Construction to complete the works.”
Willie Gill, Chairman of The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, said the underpass was part of a £1.6m investment of improvements for this year’s show.
He said: “This underpass is yet another demonstration of the Society’s commitment to sustaining the Royal Highland Show’s position as a world-class event.
“By improving the flow of livestock and people through the showground, everyone’s experience is improved greatly. Fewer hold-ups mean there’s more time to enjoy our celebration of the best in farming, food and rural life.”
Bell Ingram Design, a division of Bell Ingram focusing on architecture, has an impressive track record in delivering innovative solutions for clients.
It was appointed to identify a new site secure planning consent and manage the built infrastructure for the move of T in the Park music festival from Kinross to Strathallan.
It also recently won a commission with The Landmark Trust to lead the upgrading and maintenance of a portfolio of 19 renowned properties in Scotland.
Established 117 years ago, Bell Ingram has 130 professional staff across 11 UK offices including: farm, estate and forestry managers; chartered surveyors, architects, planners, and building surveyors; and tourism, GIS mapping, and renewable energy specialists.
The Royal Highland Show is Scotland’s annual farming and countryside showcase and will take place from 23-26 June 2016 at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston.
The event attracts more than1,000 exhibitors, 4,500 heads of livestock and up to 190,000 visitors annually.
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