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August 4 2017

Prestwick care home plans finalised
Planning permission is being sought for a 69-apartment extra care accommodation block by McCarthy & Stone at Prestwick seafront, necessitating demolition of two former houses - which have subsequently been merged to form one hotel.

Designed by Holmes Miller to cater for the frail elderly the scheme aims to enable residents to remain living in the local community by offering residents additional support and companionship.

Set back from the main road the scheme aims to present a ‘strong frontage’ to the sea behind a raised parapet with proposed materials set to include red multi-facing brick, grey fibre cement cladding and off-white render.

In their design statement the architects wrote: “Full advantage is made of the dramatic views over the sea and the golf course by providing each flat with a balcony. Balconies have been grouped together to form projections from the main façade. These grouped balconies are clad in black fibre cement cladding panels to provide a rhythm and interest to the elevations and to celebrate important parts of the façade.”

The finalised plans follow a public consultation exercise carried out in the spring.
Clustered balconies lend articulation to the front facade
Clustered balconies lend articulation to the front facade
Tenants will benefit from expansive sea views
Tenants will benefit from expansive sea views

10 Comments

Graeme McCormick
#1 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 4 Aug 2017 at 14:20 PM
Don't think they will be tenants; McC & S usually sell . Hope there won't be the usual plastic flowers in the public rooms.
Mike Tomlinson
#2 Posted by Mike Tomlinson on 14 Aug 2017 at 17:31 PM
Regret this "standard product" does not do justice to this unique site overlooking the home of Open Golf ( and Green Belt) and stunning sea views. Needs an iconic design solution please!
Gordon Dunlop
#3 Posted by Gordon Dunlop on 14 Aug 2017 at 17:57 PM
No no no completely ridiculous white city esque flats no in keeping with local architecture at all, maybe whoever drew this up should come and walk along prestwick seafront to get a better idea ! These are appalling !!
Marilyn Mckie
#4 Posted by Marilyn Mckie on 14 Aug 2017 at 20:56 PM
The two buildings that are going to be demolished, were not, and never were a hotel !! They were used to provide care and comfort for children, who were suffering from cancer, and their families. This facility was the heart of Prestwick, many of us gave our time energy and skills to keep it open, only for the headquarters in London to sell to the highest bidder.
To then lie about the purpose of those buildings is too much !!
Time to also let us know just what the real deal is...are they for sale, or to let ? Is it a nursing home ? Just be more open and honest !!
Alison Marquis
#5 Posted by Alison Marquis on 14 Aug 2017 at 21:16 PM
Has this architect ever been to prestwick beach..or hes just been in july or august...70 + people with a balcony over looking the beach..were the car parks turn to swimming pools for most of the winter thanks to the wind and tides...totally impractical.
Ann Simpson
#6 Posted by Ann Simpson on 14 Aug 2017 at 22:42 PM
I do not like this at all in any way shape or form. I object to the old style traditional houses in Prestwick being bought, demolished and replaced by buildings that look like stacks of BOXES. Prestwick is an old town which should retain its character by building traditional buildings IF the older style buildings have to be replaced. Keep your modern BOXES for new towns and new developments that are not situated among traditional style areas. Having looked at your design on the next page for the flats in Edinburgh your company obviously has no interest in building builds that blend in with the surrounding buildings.
Alasdair Malcolm
#7 Posted by Alasdair Malcolm on 15 Aug 2017 at 00:18 AM
More akin to something from an eastern block country during the cold war. Utilitarian is the most sympathetic description I can give it. The flat roof is destined to become the largest seagull nesting site in South Ayrshire which should provide some amusement during the summer months for visitors as they watch the unfortunate residents being dive bombed by the parental gulls every time they step out their doors. Very underhand and suspicious development from day one, particularly as the developers pulled out of negotiations on another site in Prestwick only months before and the haste with which the recent submission has been processed is apparently considered unbelievably rapid by people who have had dealings with the planning department on a regular basis for years. The developers should be sent packing to return with something wholly more appropriate, or not return at all.
Pat McGroin
#8 Posted by Pat McGroin on 15 Aug 2017 at 05:53 AM
I LOVE it!! Big fan of Portacabins and I for one, can't wait to see this collection being stacked and displayed.
Margaret Patterson
#9 Posted by Margaret Patterson on 15 Aug 2017 at 18:12 PM
What will the council be doing to rid this development of seagulls which will obviously be dive bombing the people who move into the flats.
Being elderly they won't be able to defend themselves against the birds.
This monstrosity should NOT take the place of the old msh.
 Bill Gibson
#10 Posted by Bill Gibson on 19 Sep 2017 at 00:49 AM
Why have the local councillors over ruled the council planners and approved this scheme contrary to common sense ?

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