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West Burn Lane picks up Andrew Doolan Award 2015

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November 5 2015

West Burn Lane picks up Andrew Doolan Award 2015
Sutherland Hussey Harris has picked up the 2015 Doolan Prize for their work on an innovative courtyard housing project in St Andrews, Fife, after seeing off competition from 12 shortlisted projects with a ‘virtuoso work of urban renewal’.

West Burn Lane sees infill homes and private gardens arranged along a narrow street, winning praise for acknowledging the medieval 'rigg' street pattern despite its unabashedly modern aesthetic.

In their citation the judges said: “Expertly woven into the existing fabric of St Andrews, although uncompromisingly contemporary, the development acknowledges the historic street pattern and scale of its special context. The external materials palette is limited and of extremely high quality. While the built fabric in the vicinity is predominantly structural stone, the use of a warm Continental brick with narrow courses is appropriate and welcoming.”

Special mentions were given to Page\Park and Elder and Cannon’s Laurieston Transformational Area in Glasgow and Arcadia Nursery in Edinburgh by Malcolm Fraser Architects.

Last year’s winner was Morgan McDonnell Architecture for Advocates Close, Edinburgh.

Photography by Keith Hunter
14 homes have been built in total by developer Eastacre Investments
14 homes have been built in total by developer Eastacre Investments
Homes are finished to a high standard throughout
Homes are finished to a high standard throughout

9 Comments

Bert Raccoon
#1 Posted by Bert Raccoon on 5 Nov 2015 at 11:19 AM
I like it
james
#2 Posted by james on 5 Nov 2015 at 14:00 PM
Tis grand.
Cadmonkey
#3 Posted by Cadmonkey on 5 Nov 2015 at 19:21 PM
Just curious to know .... why is a warm continental brick considered "appropriate" to the St Andrews Conservation Area?
james
#4 Posted by james on 6 Nov 2015 at 07:50 AM
St. Andrews can hardly be called 'Scottish', surely? I mean it's not Linwood, Airdrie or Bathgate is it? Or was that just a xenophobic thing to say about they warm 'continental' bricks?
Just sayin'. :-)
Bert Raccoon
#5 Posted by Bert Raccoon on 6 Nov 2015 at 08:46 AM
#Cadmonkey, I wouldn't worry about it
Helen Gray
#6 Posted by Helen Gray on 6 Nov 2015 at 13:00 PM
It is a superb development in a very awkward site. The tone of the brick works really well with the similarly coloured stone of the vast university building next to which it sits, without slavishly copying it. I am a huge fan of this development - well done Sutherland Hussey.
Matt
#7 Posted by Matt on 6 Nov 2015 at 13:30 PM
Great to see a housing projects headline and win the Doolan. Well done SHH.
CADMonkey
#8 Posted by CADMonkey on 6 Nov 2015 at 14:24 PM
I've got a thing about bricks.
The third example image states "homes are finished to a high standard throughout", but the brickwork shown in the detail is anything but!
I don't like this development but they deserve a prize for getting it through Fife Planning (and Committee).
Roddy
#9 Posted by Roddy on 9 Nov 2015 at 11:40 AM
Nice looking development
the brickwork is pretty poor quality though

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