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Client: Forth Housing Association
Programme: Completed 2010
The Practice is part of the R3 Consortium, led by Cruden Homes and George Wimpey, which is undertaking one of Scotland’s biggest urban regeneration projects. The project will result in the wholesale transformation of the notorious Raploch Estate.
Site 5 was the first new build residential development and consists of 215 units, 165 for sale and 50 affordable homes for Forth Housing Association. The site layout clusters the affordable housing around three courtyards, these have well defined tight entrances, opening up to landscaped courtyard space shared by vehicles and pedestrians. The location and design of the external access steps to main door first floor flats adds visual richness to the street scene.
There are a mixture of 1, 2 and 3-bed units in the form of terraced houses, 2-storey main door flatted units and 3 ground floor flats for wheelchair users, which have been integrated into the building form. The scheme is designed to Housing for Varying Needs and Secured by Design standards and achieved a BRE EcoHomes rating of very good.
This is a complex piece of urban design which responds to the overall masterplan for the area and a variety of boundary conditions including the Village Square and the strategic pedestrian cycle route through the neighbourhood.