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Beacon

‘Beacon’ is a new-build house project, personally designed by Don McLean of McLean Architects for his family, along sustainable principles on a tight, challenging suburban site in Bearsden. It is located on an elevated, south facing site with expansive views over the City of Glasgow to the South, and the Kilpatrick and Campsie Hills to the North. Over the rear fence line of the property is the Antonine Wall, now a World Heritage Site.
The site was identified for the challenge it represented to design a contemporary home in a fairly dense suburban landscape. The aim was to create an entirely appropriate intervention in a conventional street but to maximise the inherent advantages of elevation and aspect. Thus, all 4 bedrooms, study and ancillary accommodation are provided at a mid level, with the family room opening out to the rear garden. A large double garage is provided below this level. Living/dining/kitchen accommodation is provided at the upper level in an open plan ‘loft’ style space which opens out to the south deck by way of a large bi-folding screen. Further south facing glazing is provided over the stair well, enhancing the extent of the view at the upper level.
Beacon is constructed in Insulated Concrete Formwork, providing heavily insulated and airtight construction of high structural integrity, with concrete mid floors to store passive energy from south-facing glazing. The roof section, finished in stainless steel, creates an overhang to the south providing shading in summer, and facilitates passive solar gain from the low sun-path in the winter months. Primary heating is via an air source heat pump twinned with an under-floor heating system reducing like-for-like energy use by 40%. Supplementary ‘feature’ heating is provided by a wood burning stove with its own fresh air source direct from outside to prevent draughts being drawn through the house.
Following a 10 month build the house was completed in Feb 2009.
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Phone: 0141 353 2040
Fax: 0141 352 9702
Address:
29 Eagle Street
Craighall Business Park
Glasgow G4 9XA
No. of architects: 7
No. of staff: 13
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