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August 25 2017

Affordable homes earmarked for former Ayr school
South Ayrshire Council has granted plans to build 27 affordable homes on the site of the former Whitletts Primary, incorporating a mix of cottage flats and town houses.

In order to facilitate access this work will require the demolition of four existing council flats on James Brown Avenue, all of whom will be offered accommodation in the new development upon completion.

Councillor Philip Saxton, South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for housing and customer services said: “We’re committed to building 600 new homes in the next five years, and this exciting new development in Ayr marks the start of that process.

“By making more energy efficient homes available people are able to run their homes more cheaply, while we’re also making smart use of a site that has been vacant for several years.”

The £3.9m scheme, designed by Mast Architects, is expected to complete by September 2019.
Five townhomes will front Ayr's Main Road
Five townhomes will front Ayr's Main Road

11 Comments

Joe Vella
#1 Posted by Joe Vella on 25 Aug 2017 at 13:41 PM
It's beautifully refreshing to see a scheme going up in my hometown with such architectural merit. Sharp, elegant and very well proportioned. Promising for Scottish Architecture!
Seriously
#2 Posted by Seriously on 25 Aug 2017 at 15:11 PM
Joe...seriously?
Mies van der Noooo!
#3 Posted by Mies van der Noooo! on 25 Aug 2017 at 15:38 PM
#1, the key to sarcasm is to not overplay it, otherwise people will start to mistake it for sincerity...
revmonk
#4 Posted by revmonk on 26 Aug 2017 at 17:34 PM
Mies is righgt Joe because if you're not being sarky it makes me think that you are the one that designed this or just high/drunk :D

Maybe the units at the back are better (benefit of doubt here) but that image just shows 5 pretty standard townhouses/terraced units with lets call it pixelated brick... pretty weak attempt to stand out from the "I love my brick" crowd.
modernish
#5 Posted by modernish on 28 Aug 2017 at 11:38 AM
It'll be interesting to see the plan for the 10 person units at the end of the terrace. The site plan seems to show it has the same footprint as the adjoining 6 person units and the cgi (being generous there) shows the unit has the same number of floors...hmmm
Gottobebetter
#6 Posted by Gottobebetter on 28 Aug 2017 at 15:12 PM
A very depressing attempt for what is a prominent and interesting site. The 3D is from street view - did the designer even visit the site?
Joe Vella
#7 Posted by Joe Vella on 29 Aug 2017 at 13:43 PM
#2 I'm not saying it's a Stirling Prize winning scheme - merely that it is streets better than the rubbish being constructed throughout Scotland just now. Ayr needs more developments like this...seems one of very few actual attempts at place-making! I just hope the reality when it is constructed matches the standard illustrated in the visualisation.
Sincere Joe
#8 Posted by Sincere Joe on 31 Aug 2017 at 19:26 PM
#7 The visual is terrible. I hope for Ayr's sake the reality is much better.
Mies van der Noooo!
#9 Posted by Mies van der Noooo! on 1 Sep 2017 at 12:20 PM
#7, this IS the rubbish being constructed throughout Scotland just now.
Sincere Joe
#10 Posted by Sincere Joe on 1 Sep 2017 at 20:52 PM
#7 also, plonking a pokey play area in the middle of a resi scheme does not constitute Placemaking
StyleCouncil
#11 Posted by StyleCouncil on 3 Sep 2017 at 21:25 PM
ah, Placemaking,...a banal meaningless term manufactured specifically for idiots to process their basic understanding of urban design.
Most commonly used in Local Authority meetings, naval gazing architectural critiques or within the diatribe spouted by commercial architects in their post rationalised design statements.
Effect on the quality of urban design, architecture and communities across Scotland? Hew-haw. Effect on creating a further layer of BS? Considerable.
Next week, Permeability......

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