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January 13 2016

Approval sought for Inverness student housing
Highland councilors are to deliberate on the approval of a mixed use scheme at Rose Street, Inverness, incorporating student housing, retail and commercial units.

Inverness Properties propose to level the existing Rose Street Hall and decked car park to create the five storey block, designed by GH Johnston.

A design statement read: “The proposed development is contemporary in design, forming a backdrop to the new multi-use public space between it and the new flats at 92-94 Academy Street. The building is capped with a flat roof design of varying height with overhanging eaves and roof verges which add interest and a more domestic scale, with a shadow form and variation which will fit comfortably into the roofscape.

“The bay features have been introduced to the frontages, to add a dynamic to the façade to create interest and variety. This partly reflects some of the design features of the successful Strother’s Lane development and helps to break down the overall scale of the building.”

A palette of materials including metal verges and soffits as well as fine texture render of a limited colour palette, with feature projections forming in ‘timber’ appearance low maintenance panels. The ground floor frontage would be finished in stone reclaimed from the demolished Rose Street Hall, with a glazed canopy frontage at street level.

The Highland Council’s south planning applications committee will consider the proposal on 19 January.

4 Comments

the sultan of brooneye
#1 Posted by the sultan of brooneye on 13 Jan 2016 at 13:41 PM
This is terrible. The design is the dregs of the 1970's. A splash of colour here and there do not prevent this being a monolithic travesty.
Gino Ginelli
#2 Posted by Gino Ginelli on 13 Jan 2016 at 15:49 PM
Looks very Neapolitan to me! Mama Mia!
Neil
#3 Posted by Neil on 14 Jan 2016 at 12:27 PM
Good to see Inverness catching up with the rest of the country in terms of terrible student housing schemes. Although by the look of this one, it's only got as far as 2002...
FlyingScotsman
#4 Posted by FlyingScotsman on 14 Mar 2016 at 14:50 PM
This is an awful design that isn't much better than a previous proposal for this site.
There are existing, empty buildings within Inverness which would provide a suitable solution for the students without having to construct further architecturally inept buildings within the city centre.

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