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Clifftop House Clifftop House on Grand Designs 4/9/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

This thrilling Clifftop House in Portpatrick was the subject of Grand Designs 2019 Episode 1.

This clifftop house at North Witch Point, Portpatrick is on the site of a former radar station, with sweeping views to the North Channel in this remote coastal corner of Galloway. It was the first house to feature in the 2019 series of Grand Designs.

In a location that’s straight out of a spy thriller, this exceptional house set on the cliffs in Galloway is set to change its owners’ lives for many years to come.

Grand Designs Magazine

The build was by Andy Stakes and the successful process can be seen on Channel 4 at

Photos courtesy of Douglas Gibb Photography and

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Advanced Accredited Conservation Architect 6/8/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Paul Moffat has been recognised as a Senior Conservation Specialist by the RIAS.

Paul Moffat has been approved as an Advanced Accredited Architect in Conservation Architecture by the RIAS. This is the highest level of accreditation: Senior – Recognised Conservation Specialists.

RIAS Conservation Accreditation demonstrates that architects are suitably qualified and experienced to act as the lead professional in grant aided conservation work. To achieve accreditation RIAS members must demonstrate their extensive knowledge and experience in conservation work.

Paul’s work includes the recent renovation of Burns Monument in Alloway.

Advanced Level accreditation is only given to architects with significant experience and understanding of conservation and historic buildings. Paul Moffat and Andrew Easton are both approved at Advanced level.

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Stornoway Care Housing Starts on Site 5/7/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

52 place Care Home and 50 flat Housing with Extra Care development has started on site.

The site work has started for the construction of a new 52 place Care Home in Stornoway, which will replace the existing care homes in the area, plus a 50 flat Housing with Extra Care development and 74 new houses for Hebridean Housing Partnership.

The Care Home and Housing with Extra Care are dementia-friendly and have been designed to give long term flexibility with good space standards and a variety of dayrooms and activity spaces. The development also includes a Day Care Centre and a Training Centre with 3 teaching classrooms.

See Scottish Housing News article for more details.

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Dumfries & Galloway Design Awards 4/7/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

2019 Design Award for Queen Street New Residential Development, plus Commendation for Douglas Gardens.

The Award for Residential: New Building Category has been given to the new housing we designed at Queen Street for Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnerships. We also received a Commendation for Douglas Gardens for Loreburn Housing Association.

Queen Street, DGHP: AWARD

The project transformed a brownfield gap site that had sat vacant for a long period of time and was seen as the final piece in the regeneration works carried out in around the Queen Street area. The project delivered 100% affordable housing providing high-quality, low cost housing affordable for occupation by local people.

The design approach aimed to interpret the visual qualities of layout, scale, form, mass, detailing, architectural style and materials of the surrounding context in a modern way with the aim of contributing to the character of the surrounding area. A simple palette of high-quality materials were carefully selected to complement each other and work well with the surrounding context including locally-sourced red sandstone, handmade rustic red facing bricks and natural welsh slates.

Whilst the designs are sympathetic to the historic context in appearance they integrate modern and ground-breaking features including high-standards of energy efficiency, accessibility for all, home offices and natural light. All dwellings achieve compliance with the more demanding Gold Level of Sustainability in respect of carbon dioxide emissions, resource use, building flexibility, adaptability and occupant well-being demonstrating the developer’s commitment to sustainability.

The project also achieved compliance with Housing for Varying Needs and Secured by Design – Gold Level and successfully delivered a safe and sustainable development to a brownfield site, demonstrating a clear physical regeneration and enhancement to the site and surrounding context. This project positively contributed to providing high-quality, energy efficient and affordable housing to the town centre of Dumfries and offer the potential for future adaptability.

Douglas Gardens, Loreburn HA: COMMENDATION

The project provides a high-quality affordable housing development to meet identified housing needs for families in the local area. The arrangement and layout of dwellings produce an interesting and attractive place to live, giving security and privacy, and creating a sense of place.

The site was vacant back-land space to the rear of an existing residential development that become prone to public nuisance. The project ensured this site was developed as safe, pleasant and welcoming development that related and connected well with the surrounding area demonstrating a clear physical regeneration to the area and achieve Secured by Design – Gold Level certification.

The affordable design reflects, supports and take the opportunities for improving the character and quality of the area in which it is located whilst taking a more modern approach to the design. All dwellings present active and attractive frontages to street scene with variety in design, detailing and materials added to the street scene to reflect the local character.

All the dwellings have been designed and constructed to exceed the baseline level for sustainability of Scottish Building Standards 7: Sustainability for Building Regulations by achieving Silver Active Level of Sustainability and incorporate low and zero carbon generating technology. The internal layout are designed to flexible and adaptable and achieve compliance with Housing for Varying Needs.

This project demonstrates the standard of sustainable, affordable housing design that can be achieved for a cost-effective, small-scale development located on the periphery of an existing residential development.

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Glasgow New Address 10/5/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Our Glasgow office new address is 110 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QJ

Our Glasgow office has moved to First Floor, 110 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QJ

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New Associate 8/3/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

Lesley Potter has been made an Associate in the practice on International Women’s Day.

Lesley Potter, Chartered Architect, has been made an Associate in the practice. Lesley won the Glasgow Institute of Architects’ Parchment as a student, has taught architecture at the University of Strathclyde, and has been responsible for designing a wide range of projects for the practice. Current project work includes overseeing the construction of a new pre-school nursery in London, a new care home in Didcot, and a variety of designs for public and private clients.

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Two New Partners 10/1/2019Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

We are pleased to announce that Paul Moffat and Douglas Bodell are now Partners in the practice.

Robert Potter and Partners are pleased to announce that Paul Moffat and Douglas Bodell are now Partners in the practice. Paul and Douglas have extensive experience of a wide range of building types including healthcare, historic buildings, social housing, special needs developments and masterplanning, and both are in addition RIAS Conservation Accredited Architects.

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Burns Monument Restoration Underway 15/9/2018Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

The monument to the poet Robert Burns is undergoing major restoration over the next few months.

Major works are underway to restore the grade ‘A’ listed Burns Monument in Alloway. Built to commemorate Scotland’s national poet, this magnificent 70ft high Grecian-style temple is undergoing a transformation which will see it restored to its former glory.

The work includes stonework repairs, re-gilding, restoration of doors, cupola and leadwork, heating and lighting installation together with restoration of the surrounding stone and cast iron gas flares.

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Stornoway Pre-Application Consultation 12/1/2018Robert Potter and PartnersNo Comments

The public consultation event will be held at Stornoway Town Hall on Monday 15th January from 1pm to 7pm.

The public consultation event for the proposed development at Goathill will be held at Stornoway Town Hall on Monday 15th January from 1pm to 7pm. Please drop in at a convenient time.

The pre-application consultation form for Goathill can be downloaded here:

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