Austin-Smith:Lord unveil Irvine affordable housing
June 4 2015
Austin-Smith:Lord architects have unveiled an £8.2m development of 80 affordable homes in Vineburgh, Irvine, on the site of the former John Galt primary school.
Built on homezone principles and connecting with an existing footpath network the scheme includes properties suitable for wheelchair and general needs occupiers with features such as ground floor stores suitable for conversion to accessible shower rooms, level access, adjustable height units, accessible sockets and provision for future ceiling hoists to be installed.
A number of energy efficient features are also built-in including thermal and sound insulation, water saving measures, helping the scheme attain a BREEAM ‘EcoHomes – Very Good’ accreditation.
A-S:L partner Graham Ross commented: “Having been involved in developing a Masterplan for adjacent sites in Vineburgh for North Ayrshire Council we relished the opportunity to respond to the Council’s visual brief and develop a housing design solution for the former John Galt school site. The layout applies Designing Streets principles and creates linkages that bind the site into the wider local path network.”
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