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Holmes Miller win Fencedyke design competition

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August 4 2014

Holmes Miller win Fencedyke design competition
Holmes Miller Architects have seen off competition from Austin Smith Lord and Richard Murphy Architects to win a housing design competition for the Fencedyke area of Irvine.

The £4.25m project will deliver 35 new homes on the site of an existing primary school, which is in the process of amalgamation, through the principles of Designing Streets.

Faced in brick under traditional slate roofs the properties have been given a contemporary twist in the form of feature hooded windows with coloured infill panels.

A spokesman for North Ayrshire Council told Urban Realm: “For the Fencedyke project, the Council sought to appoint a project manager, who in turn would contract their own project team (including architects).

“In line with procurement regulations, the Council utilised a Scottish Government framework where nine project management organisations were invited to participate in a design competition. Three organisations chose to take part.

“Holmes Miller, Austin Smith Lord and Richard Murphy Architects all made submissions as part of wider teams.”

North Ayrshire Council anticipate hand over of the scheme in March 2016.

3 Comments

alan dunlop
#1 Posted by alan dunlop on 5 Aug 2014 at 10:11 AM
The text, particularly the quote from the council, makes it absolutely clear that this was not a "design competition". It also supports Richard Murphy's comments and the critical other views on procurement expressed in this month's Urban Realm.
David Michelin
#2 Posted by David Michelin on 5 Aug 2014 at 13:39 PM
“Holmes Miller, Austin Smith Lord and Richard Murphy Architects all made submissions as part of wider teams.”

Sounds like a design competition to me.
alan dunlop
#3 Posted by alan dunlop on 5 Aug 2014 at 15:37 PM
I suggest you re-read, no where is design mentioned. It's clear, at least to me, that the quality of the design and the architecture was of the least concern. I have no axe to grind or have anything against Holmes but to say this was a design competition is frankly absurd.

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