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Planning Permission for Doncaster Care Home 24/4/2023Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Planning consent has been granted for a new 64 bed residential care home in Doncaster.

This 3 storey care home has been approved by Doncaster Council and will provide 64 bedrooms with supporting accommodation. The low energy strategy is based on heat pumps and photovoltaic panels for micro-generation.

The site fronts Armthorpe Road and the existing tree lined green corridor is being protected and preserved. New planting and south facing gardens will provide ecological enhancements and an attractive landscape setting for residents.

The ecological net gain is being further enhanced by bat and bird boxes and hedgehog holes incorporated in the site boundary fencing.

Care was taken in the design to avoid overshadowing of neighbouring properties in this established residential area. The three storey plan includes an external balcony area for residents’ use in fine weather.

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Glenluce Shortlisted for My Place Awards 23/2/2023Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Glenluce Village Square for Old Luce Development Trust has been shortlisted in this year’s Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards.

The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects that have transformed their locality. Congratulations to Old Luce Development Trust, whose Glenluce Village Square has been shortlisted for the 2023 awards.

The square has an oak rotunda, vibrant landscaping, terraces and seating, using fine high-quality materials, transforming the way the community can gather at the heart of the village.

The story of the transformation can been seen at Glenluce Village Square


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Banchory Planning Appeal Successful 6/12/2022Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Planning Permission has been granted on Appeal for a new 60 place care home.

This development has been granted Planning Permission on Appeal, with the Reporter finding that the six qualities of successful places are met.

This includes Outcome 1 for a successful, sustainable place.

The care home will sit in a landscaped garden setting, and forms part of the masterplan for the wider area.

The layout reflects good practice for designing for older people and will provide 60 bedrooms in small groupings, with garden access, balconies and southerly aspects for passive solar gain.

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Scotland’s Largest Passivhaus Development Completed 5/12/2022Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Formal Passivhaus Certification has been received for Springfield Cross, providing low energy flats in Glasgow.

Scotland’s largest Passivhaus development has received formal independent Certification and is now officially a Passivhaus! Robert Potter and Partners were Architects and Passivhaus Designer for the 6 storey project.

The 36 flats in Dalmarnock, Glasgow for West of Scotland Housing Association, include 3 wheelchair properties and a mix of family and amenity flats.

Off-site manufacture (OSM) using timber frame assisted in maintaining high quality of construction and allowed the airtight layer to be installed off-site in large sheets, reducing the need for airtightness taping on site.

The building has been added to the International Passivhaus Database.

The Passivhaus design means that residents’ energy bills will be significantly reduced. MVHR provides enhanced indoor air quality for improved health. Triple glazed Passivhaus windows keep out road noise while keeping in heat and providing fine views over the city.

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Bideford Care Home on site in North Devon 2/9/2022Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

New-build 67 bedroom care home in the picturesque town of Bideford.

This new-build care home is advanced on site in the picturesque historic port town of Bideford in North Devon. The design is 3 storey in a mature garden setting in the heart of the town.

Facilities include gym, cinema room, dayroom and large terraced balconies. External materials use reconstructed stone and colourful non-combustible fibre-cement cladding.

Ecological enhancements included the Bideford Bat House to accommodate a variety of bat species.

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Lincluden Stables Completed for Wheatley 12/7/2022Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

New-build affordable housing and adaptation of listed former stable block completed for Wheatley Group / DGHP.

We were delighted to handover the completed affordable housing development at Lincluden Stables, Dumfries to our client Wheatley Group and Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership.

The site brownfield site containing a derelict Neo-Tudor style Category B Listed stable block located within a Non-Inventory Designed Landscape adjacent to open parkland, community centre and playpark.

This development provided 26 No new-build dwellings and adaptive reuse of the stable providing a further 6 No dwellings.

The location of the former stable block was the significant feature and opportunity to the site and influenced the design concept. The historic path network of Lincluden Gardens was referenced when developing the design concept for the site layout and to determine the urban pattern for the new housing.

The proposal was based on forming a landscaped ‘boulevard’ shared surface access route leading up to the stable frontage reinstating this historic approach to give a clear view. Two courtyard clusters based on a historic built form that also reflect the courtyard arrangement of the former stable building are proposed to the western half of the development.

The development was designed to be permeable, integrating and connecting the development to the existing settlement and wider open spaces. The development provided soft landscaping which enhanced the transition between the open parkland and residential development and defined the hierarchy of open space through the site.

This approach allowed a coherent, interesting, and welcoming development which respected the setting of the listed building and historic garden.

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View to Sea We are Recruiting 17/6/2022Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

We have opportunities for Architects, Technicians and Part 1 and 2 graduates in Ayr, Dumfries and Glasgow.

We have openings for architects, technicians and graduates, in three different locations in the West of Scotland. Live by the sea in Ayr, explore the Dumfries countryside, or enjoy the bustle in Glasgow city centre.

Get involved in projects throughout the UK, with opportunities for travel. Work includes large-scale residential, healthcare, conservation, public buildings, Passivhaus and sports facilities, with projects across Scotland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, Guernsey, London, the south of England and Eire.

Send application and CV to the email address on our Contact page

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Patrick Harvie MSP visits Passive House Development 16/5/2022Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Patrick Harvie MSP visited our Passive House affordable housing development at Springfield Cross, Glasgow for West of Scotland Housing Association

Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights visited our landmark Passive House affordable housing development at Springfield Cross, Glasgow for West of Scotland Housing Association.

The development, the largest of its kind in Glasgow, is at an advanced stage of construction and due to complete in summer.

It will comprise 36 flats, over six storeys, and has been created to meet Passive House Standard which reduces the building’s carbon footprint and contributes towards the Scottish Government’s target for emissions from heating buildings to reach zero by 2045.

We want everyone to have a safe, warm affordable home that meets their needs. I was delighted to be able to visit the Springfield Cross development and hear first-hand about the benefits that these homes, delivered with over £4 million of Scottish Government grant funding, are expected to bring to tenants.

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New GIA President 28/4/2022Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Jonathan Potter has been elected President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

Jonathan Potter, Senior Partner, has been elected President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. Many congratulations from the practice!

It is an honour have been elected GIA President.

The Institute is in great shape with its new constitution, involved committees, and modern communications.

We are a dynamic institute, with good links to other institutions, very positively promoting our members and the standing of the profession.

As a practising architect with offices in Ayr, Dumfries and Glasgow, it is a real pleasure to meet architects from across the Chapter. There is a breadth of urban, rural, coastal, and island projects, covering an incredible range, and I am very proud to represent the Institute and our members.

The work and activities of GIA can be seen at GIA Glasgow Institute of Architects

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