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Greenock orchard and community hall clears planning

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January 19 2015

Greenock orchard and community hall clears planning
Inverclyde Association for Mental Health have received planning approval from Inverclyde Council for a horticultural training and community centre at Broomhill, Greenock.

Designed by Inch Architecture and ERZ landscape architects it will see two brownfield sites transformed into a walled garden containing its own orchard, training area and single storey community hall.

Situated on the corner of Mearns Street and Dempster Street it will offer large recessed entrances leading through landscaped ‘anterooms’ intended to ‘mediate between the street and the inner garden.’

Landscaped areas are framed by the predominantly brick community centre, with each elevation subdivided into bays so as to allow large glazed openings fronting the orchard.

In a design statement Inch stated: “An intensive green roof offers views across Greenock, towards the River Clyde. Aluminium clad, pitched-roof external training rooms form opposing elevations to the community building and also define the new ‘green street’ which connects the community centre to the growing gardens of In-Work – the training wing of Inverclyde Association for Mental Health.”

Work is scheduled to get underway in the summer.
An extensive area of brownfield land will be reclaimed for the project
An extensive area of brownfield land will be reclaimed for the project
Project backers aim to create an oasis in the heart of the town
Project backers aim to create an oasis in the heart of the town

7 Comments

james
#1 Posted by james on 19 Jan 2015 at 12:56 PM
good stuff.
stef3d
#2 Posted by stef3d on 19 Jan 2015 at 14:19 PM
Ambitious, sensitive and rooted in the community. What's not to like?
Mary Hill
#3 Posted by Mary Hill on 19 Jan 2015 at 21:39 PM
Looks tremendous!
Tom
#4 Posted by Tom on 20 Jan 2015 at 08:05 AM
This looks promising!
Love that courtyard garden. There's a nice restraint in the brick and slab.
Art Vandelay
#5 Posted by Art Vandelay on 20 Jan 2015 at 11:00 AM
This looks like a fantastic scheme. A bit of digging through the design statement shows a refreshing level of thought and clarity.
Sue Evans
#6 Posted by Sue Evans on 20 Jan 2015 at 14:57 PM
Type of project we welcome in the Central Scotland Green Network area - hits lots of our priorities for people and place
Stephen
#7 Posted by Stephen on 21 Jan 2015 at 13:43 PM
Doesn't anyone have anything bad to say?? This is Urban Realm isn't it!? Well done INCH Architecture! A not-for-profit Social Enterprise architecture firm - about as rare as the positive comments on this scheme!

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