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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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300th House for Cunninghame 1/4/2022Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

Cunningham Housing Association celebrate their 300th house in Dumfries & Galloway.

We were delighted to attend the official ceremony in Hallmeadow, Annan to mark the completion of Cunninghame Housing Association’s 300th new build home for social rent in Dumfries and Galloway.

The development of 130 high quality homes is well underway, with 73 properties already handed over and works due for completion in October 2022.

Residents have been delighted with their new properties which are designed to a high specification and contain high levels of insulation to deliver low energy in use.

The layout is based on Designing Streets principles and establishes a road hierarchy with a network of green spaces creating an attractive permeable environment.

Fantastic houses and a really well designed scheme…it is absolutely phenomenal.
Frank Sweeney, Group Chief Executive, Cunninghame Housing Association

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Young Person’s Guarantee 9/2/2022Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

The practice has been approved as a Young Person’s Guarantee Employer.

We are proud to commit to the Young Person’s Guarantee and join employers across Scotland in creating opportunities for young people. The young workforce have been amongst the hardest hit by the economic consequences of Covid-19 and we are pleased to support young people during this critical time.

The Young Person’s Guarantee is a commitment backed by the Scottish Government to provide opportunities for 16-24 year olds in Scotland through jobs, apprenticeships, further and higher education, training programmes and volunteering.

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Living by the Ocean 9/11/2021Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Photo in our London office of “Living by the Ocean” published by Phaidon books, which includes North Witch Point.

Phaidon have published “Living by the Ocean” which includes the Cliff House at North Witch Point, Portpatrick.

Living by the Ocean demonstrates just how many inventive ways contemporary architects have found to solve the perennial problem of creating a comfortable human shelter beside the sea.

The drama of Cliff House is captured in a series of high quality photos, showing its rugged clifftop setting and views to the sea.

More information is on the Phaidon website at Living by the Ocean

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Heathhall, Dumfries 4/10/2021Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

First phase of 75 affordable homes completed for Loreburn HA.

We are pleased the first phase of our affordable housing development in Heathhall, Dumfries has now been handed over to our client, Loreburn Housing Association.

The first phase of this £5M development provides fifteen affordable homes and comprised of significant engineering works including service infrastructure, off-site drainage connections, off-site road improvement works and an acoustic barrier to the adjacent industrial estate to service the overall development of seventy-five affordable homes.

All houses are designed and constructed to achieve Silver Active Level of Sustainability and achieved compliance with Housing for Varying Needs and Secured by Design.

Works continue on-site for the second phase to provide a further sixty affordable homes including general needs, elderly amenity and wheelchair house types which will be handed over in phases end of 2021 and start of 2022.

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Lincluden Stables, Dumfries 14/9/2021Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

Affordable housing Phase 1 has been completed for DGHP.

The first phase of our affordable housing development at the former Lincluden Stables, Dumfries has now been handed over to Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership. This phase provides twenty-six affordable homes on a brownfield site containing a Category B Listed stable block and adjacent to existing parkland.

The location of the former stable block was the significant feature and influenced the design concept. The historic path network of Lincluden Gardens was referenced when developing the design concept for the urban pattern of new housing, ensuring the former stable block remains the key focus while allowing the reintegration of the site through a series of footpath connections to the park landscape.

All houses achieve Silver Active Level of Sustainability and compliance with Housing for Varying Needs and Secured by Design.

Works continue on site as a second phase restorating and converting the listed building to provide a further six affordable homes for completion in 2022.

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Ayre Embankment, Kirkwall 1/9/2021Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

Planning Permission granted for new flats and houses in Kirkwall, Orkney.

Planning Permission has been granted for the Ayre Embankment development, providing a mix of flats and houses and restoring Ayre House.

The design evolved as a “modern vernacular” based on traditional forms, respecting the visual strength of the existing Ayre Mill. Ayre House will be made into two new homes. A new terrace of houses and a striking five storey flatted block reflect the prominence of the site.

The layout has a courtyard-effect parking area and a landscaped garden setting. The flats have been designed with inset corner balconies to take advantage of the fine views across the Peedie Sea towards the town centre, the harbour and to the sea. The balconies provide visual interest and protection from the wind.

All of the houses will be well-insulated so that they are easy to heat, and will receive direct sunlight given the open southerly aspects.

The development is a good balance of conservation and modern design. Ayre House will receive natural slate roofing and repointing of the stonework, and the terrace and flats will have high quality modern materials, to give an uplifting development in this fine location.

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New Certified European Passive House Consultant 28/7/2021Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

We are delighted to announce that Rory Kennon has qualified as a Certified European Passive House Consultant.

Rory Kennon, Senior Technician in our Practice, has qualified as a Certified European Passive House Consultant.  Rory is involved in a number of Passive House projects including new-build affordable housing and extra care special needs housing.  Delivering these to Certified Passive House Standard will reduce energy use for residents, provide improved indoor air quality, and a more comfortable high-quality living environment.

Rory is also a member of the Passivhaus Trust and International Passivhaus Association.  The Passivhaus Trust aims to promote Passivhaus as a highly effective way of providing high standards of occupant comfort and health as well as reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK.

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MurtholmMasterplan Masterplan for Murtholm, Langholm 23/6/2021Chamille AndrewsNo Comments

Masterplan including 100 Passive Houses has been adopted by Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Our Masterplan for Murtholm, Langholm, for Loreburn Housing Association has been adopted as supplementary guidance by Dumfries & Galloway Council at their recent Committee Meeting. The Masterplan provides approximately 130 high-quality homes, with green infrastructure and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Esk.

Developed together with Landscape Architect, Raeburn Farquhar Bowen, and Engineer, Asher Associates, Loreburn Housing Association are developing the southern section of the site to provide around 100 No. new affordable homes all of which will be designed to achieve Passivhaus certification. The masterplan includes a 35-unit extra care development.

Applications for Planning Permission have already been submitted for initial phases including road access works, the extra care housing, central open space, and new pedestrian and cycle bridge following adoption of the Masterplan.

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