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Oban holiday villa secures planning

July 10 2012

Oban holiday villa secures planning
A new build holiday-let cottage on the shores of Loch Etive, near Oban, has been granted planning permission by Argyll & Bute Council.

Designed by block 9 Architects the property will be split into living and service wings conjoined by a central circulation zone. This forms a ‘splayed vista’ from the entrance through the heart of the house and opens toward views of the Bridge of Connell.

Working in partnership with Create Engineering the architects also adopted a high floor level to withstand anticipated 100 year flooding events on the tidal loch.

Stretching to 105sqm the design was conceived in close collaboration with both the client and local authority.

Project architect Sandy Anderson told Urban Realm: “It’s a really beautiful site owned by a client who was a project manager I worked with when I was in London.  This is my first commission after moving back to Scotland following an 11 year stretch down there and I’m also doing a nice little organic garage structure for the main house just next to this site.”

The project is scheduled to move on site this October.

The dramatic local landscape is popular with holidaymakers
The dramatic local landscape is popular with holidaymakers
The existing plot is undeveloped
The existing plot is undeveloped


black n tan
#1 Posted by black n tan on 10 Jul 2012 at 15:10 PM
Great looking building, but I don't remember Oban looking that lush.
Diane Soul
#2 Posted by Diane Soul on 10 Jul 2012 at 19:43 PM
Nice clean, simple design & good to see A&B supporting good architecture.
#3 Posted by Cateran on 11 Jul 2012 at 00:10 AM
Diane - you're right, but it's taken decades for our planners to accept this sort of thing but there've been some pearls approved recently.
Fanny Baws
#4 Posted by Fanny Baws on 12 Jul 2012 at 10:55 AM
Lovely looking house - be hellish for midges though!
#5 Posted by gm on 12 Jul 2012 at 13:43 PM
Fresh work at last and not the usual inner circle.. great
#6 Posted by wow on 12 Jul 2012 at 14:56 PM
any ideas who the case officer was on this one?
Either it took some serious arguing to get through planning or they've actually managed to find a planner that can think different to white rendered kit houses being the only thing "appropriate" for a&b!
well done either way sandy
Full Mark
#7 Posted by Full Mark on 22 Jul 2012 at 14:07 PM
Hats off for getting this through Argyll and Bute. I know this area well and it can't have been easy talking them out of the prefab white box model.
Nice to see another young Scottish practice building up a portfolio of interesting work.
I'll look forward to seeing if Block 9 can get this to look as good as the 3D model. Judging by the quality of the work on their website, they're in with a good shout.

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