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Stranraer’s sole art deco building to form town centre gateway

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January 16 2017

Stranraer’s sole art deco building to form town centre gateway
A disused 1930s harbourmaster’s office at the port of Stranraer is to be brought up to date by way of a sympathetic extension and refurbishment of the art deco landmark to form a gateway activities centre for the public and community groups.

Drawn up on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council with support from Historic Environment Scotland the scheme will save the only Art Deco building in the town, dominated by a decorative clock tower.

The C-listed office space includes an industrial weighbridge on an adjacent road connected to scales within the building and remains largely untouched from its original appearance bar some deterioration of the building fabric.

In a statement architects Smith Scott Mullan wrote: “We have designed the extension to read as a separate entity lightly connected to the existing by a glazed link. This allows the existing building to continue to be read in the round. We recognise that the extension introduces an asymmetry to the overall composition, but its expression as a separate entity allows the symmetry of the existing still to be appreciated.”

Work on the scheme is expected to get underway later in the year.
The current structure occupies a tiny footprint of just 25sq/m
The current structure occupies a tiny footprint of just 25sq/m

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