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Hallmeadow Completed for Cunninghame 7/11/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

New-build affordable housing for Cunninghame Housing Association acheives completion.

We were thrilled to attend the official ceremony marking the completion of 130 new homes in Annan for our client Cunninghame Housing Association Ltd.

The masterplanned development at Hallmeadow for 130 homes provides a housing mixture of 2- and 3-bedroom general needs houses, as well as 8 bungalows designed for amenity use and 5 wheelchair friendly designed bungalows.

Designed with a focus on people, not vehicles, the layout incorporates the principles of ‘Designing Streets’ resulting in a well-connected safe and distinctive development with improved access and permeability for all local residents.

Throughout the site we incorporated dedicated pocket parks, amenity areas and landscaped areas which together make up a network of green spaces and landscaped walks with wider connections to the local area. These are supplemented with appropriate planting to create attractive areas with enhanced biodiversity.

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Planning Permission for Community Facility 21/10/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

Planning Permission received for new extension to Lochvale House for Let’s Get Sporty.

Planning Permission has been received for a new-build expansion to an existing community centre in Dumfries for Let’s Get Sporty Community Trust.

Let’s Get Sporty is a not for profit social enterprise based in Dumfries & Galloway who provide young people with training, mentoring and employment opportunities through the delivery of sport & physical activity. Category B Listed Lochvale House in Georgetown is Let’s Gets Sporty’s base in Dumfries.

The new facility will help achieve Lets Get Sporty’s objectives at Lochvale House and will provide:-

The design solution for the new facility completes a courtyard arrangement to the rear of the building to maintain a connection with the existing building but also to form links with the adjacent playing fields. The internal circulation space within the building runs along the side of the courtyard linking the internal spaces and providing visual and physical connections to the courtyard. This link circulation space will be multi-functional with seating and views out over the courtyard, whilst the main multi-functional space has large windows providing views outwards. This will allow social interaction throughout these key spaces. A service core is located to the rear of the building. A new central play park is proposed within the courtyard.

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Conservation Architect Re-accreditation at Advanced Level 11/10/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

Andrew Easton has achieved re-accreditation in Conservation Architect at Advanced Level by RIAS.

Congratulations to Andrew Easton whose re-accreditation in Conservation Architect at the Advanced Level was recently approved by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Andrew has been accredited as a Conservation Architect at Advanced Level for around twenty years – he is now almost as wizened and ragged as the buildings he works on!

Re-accreditation recognises Andrew’s wealth of experience and skill working in the historic built environment and his commitment to preserving heritage assets.

Andrew leads our conservation work together with our other The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Conservation Accredited Architects: Paul Moffat and Douglas Bodell.

Our conservation work includes the repair, adaption, and conversion of a wide range of historic buildings, from ruinous Scheduled Ancient Monuments and A listed castles of national importance, ostentatious town halls, and imposing Victorian churches, through to modest town centre shop units, vernacular cottages, and whimsical summerhouses.

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Three new staff members join the Practice 6/10/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

We are delighted to welcome three new staff members to the practice. 

We are delighted to welcome three new staff members to the practice.

Jannica Necesito has completed her first 3 years studying architecture at University of Strathclyde and has joined us for her “Year Out” experience and training in our Glasgow office.

Rachael Craig will be graduating from the Architectural Technology course at Robert Gordon University with a BSc (Hons) degree and has joined as an Architectural Technologist in our Ayr office.

Jane Balnave recently completed her MArch in Architectural Studies from University of Strathclyde and has joined as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant and will be carrying out her Part 3 experience and training in our Dumfries office.

Welcome to the team Jannica, Rachael, and Jane!

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Official Opening held for Heathhall Development 3/10/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

We were delighted to attend the official opening of our completed affordable housing development at Herries Avenue, Dumfries to our client Loreburn Housing Association.

We were delighted to attend the official opening of our completed affordable housing development at Herries Avenue, Dumfries to our client Loreburn Housing Association.

This development delivers 75 new-build, energy-efficient, affordable homes on a brownfield site of the former college.

The dwellings were designed for different client groups and local demand, included mainstream, housing for special needs and older people. The multi-generational approach is hoped to help re-establish community links and bring people together.

Our customers have told us how delighted they are with the quality and design standards of their new homes, and we hope they enjoy a long and happy future here at Heathhall.

Our vision is to create GREAT places to live and Heathhall is a fantastic example. A place to build a community in homes that are adaptable and that can meet our customers’ current and future needs.

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NHS Scotland Chief Executive visits Goathill Development 26/9/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

NHS Scotland Chief Executive Caroline Lamb and Chief Operating Officer John Burns visited Goathill Care Campus in Stornoway.

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive, and John Burns, Chief Operating Officer of NHS Scotland, toured our Care Home and Extra Care Housing development in Stornoway for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Hebridean Housing Partnership.

This £32m landmark dementia-friendly development for the Western Isles is currently on site and consists of a single-storey 52-place care home and a 50-unit extra care housing development.

The care home incorporates shared facilities including communal day rooms, dining room, quiet room, barrier free access, and external courtyards for recreational use, designed to provide shelter from the Hebridean winds.

This is an excellent development that will make a huge contribution to social care provision.


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16 Passive Houses Progressing on Site for Loreburn 7/9/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

Our third Passive House affordable housing development for Loreburn Housing Association is progressing on site.

Our Passive House affordable housing development at New Road, Dalbeattie is progressing on site.

This is our third and largest Passive House development to date for Loreburn Housing Association.

The development regenerates a brownfield site and will provide 16 affordable homes designed to Passive House standards.

Each home incorporates high performing and low-energy design principles including:

We look forward to seeing this development progress on site over the next few months.

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Lincluden Stables shortlisted for the Herald Property Awards 4/9/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

Our Lincluden Stables development is a finalist in two categories for the Herald Property Awards 2022.

We are delighted to announce our affordable housing development at Lincluden Stables, Dumfries for our client Wheatley Group and Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership is a finalist in the ‘Best Renovation/Conversion’ and ‘Affordable Housing Development of the Year’ categories at this year’s Herald Property Awards.

This development provided twenty-six new-build dwellings and included the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Category B Listed stable providing a further six dwellings.

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Planning Permission Granted for Wigtown Housing Development 26/8/2022Douglas BodellNo Comments

Grant of Planning Permission received for a large housing development in Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway.

Grant of Planning Permission has been received for a new housing development in Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway for our client, 3B Construction Limited.

The proposed development is for a residential development comprising a mixture of 1 and 2 storey detached, semi-detached and terraced houses providing 43 homes in total.

A significant aspect to the design concept was the provision of a central open space area. This not only reflects the use of the site as the former agricultural showground and with a potential location to the north of the site preserves the boundary to the Conservation Area with traditional stone wall and mature trees forming part of open space.

The design concept also provides a highly desirable approach to housing to create such a large and open parkland for community use within a housing development and an excellent opportunity and provides an exciting opportunity for a high-quality housing development.

Boundary treatments and trees were also significant aspects to the design concept for integration and retention of the significant and important aspects including original stone boundary wall links and mature trees to the central open space.

We look forward to working on the next stages of these projects.

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