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Keppie draw up plans for secure 60,000sq/ft office block at Rosyth Dockyard

September 10 2015

Keppie draw up plans for secure 60,000sq/ft office block at Rosyth Dockyard
Keppie have resumed their collaboration with Abstract following their work at St Vincent Plaza, Glasgow, by preparing designs for a 60,000sq/ft office development within a secure zone at Rosyth Dockyard, Fife.

This will see the existing Navy House demolished and replaced with grade A office space for occupation by Babcock Group specialists in the defence, marine, science and technology sectors.

In their design statement Keppie said: “The building’s architecture is refined and honest, and follows a simple and bold language which enhances its identity and legibility. Clean geometric lines provide an engineered appearance to the building which complements the surrounding industrial dockyard.

“There is a consistent palette of materials with a neutral colour scheme of light and dark greys that is consistent with the surrounding industrial buildings. Metal composite panels mixed with extensive glazed façades that maximise the available views whilst still maintaining the building security.”

Externally the open plan office space will be faced in vertically oriented aluminium cladding panels and a glazed aluminium curtain walling system.


A Local Pleb
#1 Posted by A Local Pleb on 10 Sep 2015 at 13:06 PM
Uninspiring, bland and dull...a step back for Keppie when compared with some of their recent offerings (except St Vincent Plaza, which takes all of the aforesaid accolades to new heights)!
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 10 Sep 2015 at 15:21 PM
Did they have some of that hideous St.Vincent cladding lying around left over?
#3 Posted by qmd on 11 Sep 2015 at 16:45 PM
totally uninspiring... who cares about design?
S Lorne
#4 Posted by S Lorne on 12 Sep 2015 at 06:50 AM
Keppie is a machine.
They think design is 'process'!
But so is making sausages, put the ingredients in one end, comes out the other the same old s....!
That said, that is what their clients want, so that is what they get.
#5 Posted by Clive on 13 Sep 2015 at 09:17 AM
Design IS a process.
To take your metaphor further, there are some truly fantastic sausages out there, as well as budget supermarket specials, with 90% sawdust. You can even buy a 'vegetarian' sausage, with no real sausage content whatsoever!
A great sausage does not have to be one of thousands, mass-produced from 20,000 sqft of gleaming stainless steel, bolted onto an abattoir, but can be a crafted with love at home, with a bunch of premium ingredients, and a top notch intestine.
One needs a strong stomach in the current world of Architecture...

(oh, and link, not lorne...)
#6 Posted by lm on 14 Sep 2015 at 13:40 PM
I really don't mind bad critics, but sometimes when I read posts like person no5, I just wonder whether I should even bother reading anything from UR. Why not trying to write something constructive .... all this sausage talk is just garbage, which is coming from a guy criticizing a professional company ..... shameful
#7 Posted by Clive on 15 Sep 2015 at 05:19 AM
#6 - Clive is not criticizing Keppie. He is criticizing S Lorne.
Clive has no issues with this proposal. It s great to see some regeneration in this corner of Fife - much needed. Yes - the sausage talk was a little frivolous, but it made the point that 'machine' and 'process' are no bad thing, and the end product of this can be unique, and not the same old s..

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