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Aviemore flats project to breathe new life into former filling station

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May 17 2017

Aviemore flats project to breathe new life into former filling station
Kearnay Donaid Partnership have revealed their intent to build 32 apartments arranged across four, four-storey blocks on the site of a former petrol filling station on Grampian Road, Aviemore.

Led by Cairngorm Residential the project will provide homes exclusively for private sale following an agreement with Highland Council to locate an affordable housing contribution of 14 homes on a separate site within the town.

In their design statement the architects observed: “The materiality allocated to this proposalserves to be aesthetically inkeeping with the existing context and nature of Aviemore while conforming to BRE Green Guide where possible, to achieve the current stanadards of insulation and energy performance.

“The provision of a sedum roof over the proposed parking accommodation, recessed into the existing bank, provides a natural transition between the internal access road and the wooded bank to the rear.”

Finished in render with areas of fibre cement timber effect cladding three of the blcoks will include ‘punched hole’ balconies off the main living areas with the roof cutback to allow full height attic windows. It will rise just up the road from a planned 60-bed Premier Inn.
Connections with woodland to the rear will be maintained
Connections with woodland to the rear will be maintained
Each block will be faced with render and timber-effect cladding
Each block will be faced with render and timber-effect cladding

4 Comments

Ken
#1 Posted by Ken on 17 May 2017 at 09:49 AM
Oh come on!!!! Those are awful! What a terrible group of buildings to welcome visitors to the largest town in the most beautiful National Park we have. Horrendous proposal, no attempt at place making, the standard white render and they cant even be bothered to use actual timber cladding (when there is a great cladding supplier just down the road in Newtonmore...)
nomoregrey
#2 Posted by nomoregrey on 17 May 2017 at 13:07 PM
hahaha please!! K-rend is not "in-keeping" with nature. Again this is just sub-standard on every front, including the token; affordable housing located on another site....and "timber effect" where do we start. KDP must know this is seriously questionable
Joan Scott
#3 Posted by Joan Scott on 17 May 2017 at 19:15 PM
These are awful- just like the appalling flats in the European ski-resorts- no attempt to place-make! The architects must do better for the gateway to a premier resort in the Highlands. Come on Planners - insist on a better solution!
Sven
#4 Posted by Sven on 19 May 2017 at 09:43 AM
Image 1 reminds me of refurbished flats in Easterhouse about 20 years ago. The flat sedum roof is no good when it snows and the weight of all the snow will kill the sedum and when we get heavy snow it is likely to collapse on top of the car.

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