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February 15 2016

St Andrews golf clubhouse back on the cards
G1 Architects have renewed their application to build a golf clubhouse at Feddinch Mains, St Andrews, ahead of an existing consent from 2011 lapsing.

Scotia Investments are seeking to build a golf clubhouse on the site of a vacant farm steading and farmland to the town’s south west, demolishing existing outbuildings to make way for 41 bedrooms, a restaurant and shop.

In their design statement G1 said: “It is fitting for the Dormy House to take its lead from the original pure historical footprint of the steading. A courtyard design solution has been utilised to allow views on arrival to be carefully controlled, facilitating compression and release.

“Formation of an intimate courtyard can enhance the sense of arrival. The courtyard layout has necessitated a narrow width of building and this is beneficial in maintaining a lower ridge profile in accordance with requirements of the planning conditions.”

It is proposed to retain the farmhouse for use as a boutique spa, subject to a future planning application.


Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 15 Feb 2016 at 11:29 AM
Looks nice.

Tae G1 architects fur when ye read this: ignore the protestations ae the concrete modernist brigade an all thur "it's pastiche" rantin. That's aw they've got -- wee, cliché complaints that make thum feel pure intelligent fur the mere fact thur critiquing something which has beauty in it an which confronts their ane monstrosities ae architecture.They cannae handle somethin which has ambition in it -- a dumbed doon lefty wurld seeks tae degrade oor built environments tae match their ane degraded inner self.

I support this. We need mare buildings with sensitivity.
Bill S
#2 Posted by Bill S on 15 Feb 2016 at 14:25 PM
#1: Can you explain exactly what you mean by "sensitivity" and how that term actually relates to this design without resorting to cliche complaints?

Worryingly, you have started to become a sad parody of what could be considered as an important and critical debate and I am quite disappointed that UR felt it worthwhile to publish your spurious and nonsensical ramblings.

Big Chantelle
#3 Posted by Big Chantelle on 15 Feb 2016 at 14:42 PM
Tae Bill in #2

Yet again, ye ignore the topic at hand an focus on my views. Can you lefties no stand dissenting opinsions?

And wit's wae the facsist moaning regarding UR allowing people tae voice their opinions -- ones which arnae tae ur liking? De ye want everyhing banned which disagrees wae ye?

As fur the sensitivity term: I like this building becoz it's traditional in aesthetic, suits the character ae the town and isnae another wonky angled mess designed without thought and feeling by 'modernist' architects who seek tae ignore every context but their ane ideologically driven leftism architecture views.

Bill S
#4 Posted by Bill S on 15 Feb 2016 at 15:07 PM
For a start, the topic in hand was raised by you hence my response.

In addition, you'll note that in my reply that I suggested this topic was worthy of critical debate, it's just that you have managed to whittle it down to colloquialisms and repeated diatribe, hence removing any merit of further discussion. I of course welcome critical opinions, just not the repetitive bile that you seem to spew. And there was no hint of suggestion of banning, I said I was "disappointed" in UR.

As to your analysis; it is not in St. Andrews - it is on a site outwith the town, arable in nature surrounded by low lying farmland.

The existing steading is completely dwarfed by this alien form and has, by a mere token sentence from the Architects, been allowed to remain in the potential future use as a boutique spa. The height, detailing, massing, material detailing, scale and form of the proposed club-house is detrimental to the context, and bears no relationship whatsoever to the existing steading. Again, I ask, where is the sensitive design here?
Doug Thompson
#5 Posted by Doug Thompson on 15 Feb 2016 at 15:37 PM
I particularly enjoy the drawbridge crossing the moat.
Eddie Lutyens
#6 Posted by Eddie Lutyens on 15 Feb 2016 at 15:41 PM
In particular, I am lamenting the loss of empire at this moment in time.
Long live the king!
Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!
#7 Posted by pleasantfield on 16 Feb 2016 at 14:28 PM
Good grief, it actually looks like a Golf Clubhouse. well done the architects. Praise where its due . Only need to get planning consent now and doubtless Fife Planners will not think it is "modern" enough.
#8 Posted by Cadmonkey on 16 Feb 2016 at 16:41 PM
It does look like a golf clubhouse. Well done!

By the way Bill S.
I think you will find it is on a site that is Leisure by nature, surrounded by a golf course. So this should fit in nicely.
Eddie Lutyens
#9 Posted by Eddie Lutyens on 16 Feb 2016 at 17:48 PM
Mafeking has been relieved, I hear?
Jolly good show!
#10 Posted by modernish on 18 Feb 2016 at 09:17 AM
There does appear to be quite a lot of chimneys, are there really that many open fires inside?

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