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Orkney Nursery gets Planning Permission 11/5/2023Douglas BodellNo Comments

This new Pre-school Nursery in Kirkwall has been granted Planning Permission.

Planning Permission for a new-build nursery in Kirkwall for Orkney Islands Council has been secured!

We worked closely with the team at Orkney Islands Council to develop a design which will provide flexibility in use, with the toddler and pre-school spaces arranged around an activity plaza.

The children will have a high-quality indoor learning and play environment with easy access to a good-sized safe south facing garden.

The timber framed design uses Glulam columns and beams to reduce embodied carbon.

Works are due on site this spring.

Orkney Nursery continues to demonstrate our design expertise in the early learning sector having previously completed new build nursery projects in Kilmacolm, Wendover, Aylesbury, Brentford, Barnet, and Twickenham.

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Lincluden Stables finalist in Scottish Home Awards 10/5/2023Douglas BodellNo Comments

Our Lincluden Stables development is a finalist in the Scottish Home Awards 2023.

We are delighted to announce our affordable housing development at Lincluden Stables, Dumfries for our client Wheatley Homes South is a finalist in the ‘Renovation of the Year’ category at this year’s Scottish Home 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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Official Passive House Certification for Annan Housing 2/5/2023Douglas BodellNo Comments

All Passive House dwellings at our affordable housing development in Annan are now officially certified Passive Houses.

All Passive House dwellings at our affordable housing development in Annan have now received formal independent Certification and are now officially certified Passive Houses.

Robert Potter and Partners were Architects and Passive House Designer for the development for Loreburn Housing Association.

This  development at Longmeadow provides 27 energy-efficient affordable homes as part of a wider masterplan for the allocated housing site, including 7 homes designed and constructed to achieve Passive House certification and conversion of a derelict listed building.

We are delighted to assist Loreburn Housing Association implement Passive House standard to their new-build developments by delivering high-quality, affordable housing that address issues of fuel poverty and resident health for their customers, whilst achieving reduced carbon emissions.

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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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New Ophthalmology Unit Opens in Dumfries 11/4/2023Douglas BodellNo Comments

The brand new Ophthalmology Unit at Mountainhall Treatment Centre in Dumfries has officially opened.

A team of staff at Mountainhall Treatment Centre, Dumfries have officially welcomed patients into a brand new Ophthalmology Unit and into the hub of the outpatient facility that serves the whole of Dumfries & Galloway.

We were appointed by NHS Dumfries & Galloway to provide architectural services to design the new Ophthalmology Unit and to lead the project through all the design and construction phases.

The spacious unit comprises modern clinical theatre, consulting rooms, bright and relaxing waiting areas for patients, and for staff an improved clinical working environment, and dedicated change and rest areas. Situated on the ground floor of Mountainhall the unit is now located close to other outpatient services and with easy access to toilets and cafe.

Keith Thomson, Project Manager of NHS Dumfries & Galloway commented:

This has been a really satisfying project as staff were more than ready for the move to a modern facility in the kind of environment that allows them to provide the best possible care for patients. They have been brilliant to work with and it’s so good to see how happy they are with the new unit.

In practical terms the layout has been designed fit for purpose and there are improved ventilation and air conditioning systems. Aesthetically it’s a really nice space with calming colours and a unique window feature that reflects our focus on wellbeing for patients and staff.

I’ve been fortunate to work with excellent local and national contractors and a so a big thank you to them for making this a smooth process and contributing to this outcome for patients and staff.

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Springholm Affordable Housing Development Ready for Site Start 28/3/2023Douglas BodellNo Comments

Our affordable housing development in Springholm, Dumfries and Galloway for Wheatley Group

 is due to commence on site soon.

We were delighted Grant of Planning Permission and Building Warrant Approval was recently received for our affordable housing development in Springholm, Dumfries and Galloway for Wheatley Group


The development will provide 47 affordable homes in total, with the designs based on Designing Streets principles.

A new linear publicly useable open space creates a link though the development site north-south to the existing protected open spaces and provides an attractive space incorporating incidental play features along the pedestrian links.

This open space is intended to be publicly useable and provides pedestrian links through the development site and to surrounding context whilst providing carefully planned and designed tree and planting features.

The proposed development provides a mixture of single and two-storey semi-detached with a good mix of housing catering for a variety of types including general needs and amenity.

The development will be gas-free with each home heated by an air source heat pump.

Works are due to commence on site soon.

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First Phase of Murtholm Development Starts On Site 2/3/2023Douglas BodellNo Comments

First Phase of our Masterplanned, Passive House Certified, Affordable Housing Development in Langholm Starts On Site

We are really pleased that the enabling works phase for our masterplanned affordable housing development at Murtholm, Langholm for Loreburn Housing Association has commenced on site this week.

The enabling works are key to unlocking the site and will create a site access point from the A7 trunk road, utility diversions and the formation of an access road onto the site.

The next phase will provide publicly useable central open space, a 35-unit extra care housing facility, and a new active travel foot and cycle bridge over the River Esk, linking the development with the wider settlement.

The extra care housing will be designed and constructed to achieve passivhaus certification, and will be the first extra care development of this type in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Planning Permission Granted for Eastriggs Housing Development 24/2/2023Douglas BodellNo Comments

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

Grant of Planning Permission has been received for a large affordable housing development in Eastriggs, Dumfries and Galloway for our client Cunninghame Housing Association.

We have obtained approval at Planning Committee Meeting for a large housing development on an allocated housing site to provide 74 affordable homes in total.

The designs have been developed in accordance with the established masterplan for the wider context and include publicly useable open space / landscaping.

The proposed development provides a mixture of single and two-storey semi-detached and terraced dwellings with a good mix of housing catering for a variety of types including general needs and amenity.

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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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