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March 30 2016

Kirkcaldy Premier Inn references ‘pavilion’ architecture
Lawrence McPherson Architects have submitted plans to build a 60 bedroom Premier Inn hotel within the John Smith business park, Kirkcaldy.

Located on the outskirts of town the project will be faced with brick and blockwork with aluminium cladding and render.

In their design statement the architects noted: “The building is expressed as three simple elements. A private solid bedroom block, a transparent glass box restaurant and a stair tower. The verticality of the stair tower provides relief to the horizontal emphasis of the bedroom block and restaurant.

“The bedroom block, linear with a flat roof, is a reference to the pavilion architecture typically found within business parks. A strategic kink in the roof creates a raised northwest corner to enhance the building presence onto Ostlers Way. This gives the impression of the roof being peeled from the building.”

Several two and three storey office pavilions have already been built on the out of town estate with more set to follow.
Premier Inn are undergoing a nationwide expansion
Premier Inn are undergoing a nationwide expansion


#1 Posted by basho on 30 Mar 2016 at 11:40 AM
O.... M.... G.... as the the 'kids' would say.

Kirkcaldy - my sympathies.
#2 Posted by David on 30 Mar 2016 at 13:14 PM
I'm not sure what's worse, the design or the descriptive text.
#3 Posted by fritz on 30 Mar 2016 at 15:07 PM
Pure 'ish.
#4 Posted by CADMonkey on 30 Mar 2016 at 20:14 PM
Why on earth would you want to deliberately give "....the impression of the roof being peeled from the building.”?
And is that the bin store hiding next to the front door?
D to the R
#5 Posted by D to the R on 30 Mar 2016 at 21:24 PM
Listen don't shoot the messengers ... that text and those images are the box ticking exercise set up by OUR government and planning department to make sure development is 'considered' and 'respectful' - disnae say anything about it being crap though .... When faced with a total crock of a project architects gotta get creative innit ....
#6 Posted by ronnie on 31 Mar 2016 at 08:03 AM
I'm sure the development will be well used which is what Premier Inn want at the end of the day. im sure the hotel guests wont give 2 hoots how many worthless architectural awards the development has won. .......much like 99.9% of the population.
Trombe Wall
#7 Posted by Trombe Wall on 31 Mar 2016 at 10:42 AM
#6 - 100% of the population can be positively affected by good architecture.
Rem Koolbag
#8 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 31 Mar 2016 at 14:25 PM
@6 - architectural awards (can, often,) recognise very good buildings.
Very good buildings as ronnie points out can have positive effects on people.

Whats not to love?
Symphony in Grey (Ronnie's Mother)
#9 Posted by Symphony in Grey (Ronnie's Mother) on 31 Mar 2016 at 21:10 PM
What's the ploblim?
Premier Inn do not exist to make architecture. They sell a product that takes the form of a brand identity within prescribed design guidelines. Fair enough, I'd have thought. To criticise this for something it is clearly not, is a bit like saying a bunnet is not a Lalique tiara.
- No shit, Sherlock. Get over it.
#10 Posted by CADMonkey on 31 Mar 2016 at 22:21 PM
Ronnies Mum
I didn't realise that the Premier Inn design guidelines state that their hotels should give "....the impression of the roof being peeled from the building.” for no apparent reason at all.
Good architecture should not cause people to stare inanely into space and scratch their heads.
Derek Wilson
#11 Posted by Derek Wilson on 1 Apr 2016 at 15:04 PM
"The verticality of the stair tower.." No words.
sultan of brooneye
#12 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 1 Apr 2016 at 15:57 PM
I would have said the bedrooms have a vertical emphasis - given they appear as vertical stripes on the building. As do the areas of white render.

Truly a terrible low point of the year in architecture.
#13 Posted by Clive on 4 Apr 2016 at 11:32 AM
When you're designing a Premier Inn, the scope to innovate outwith the formulaic is limited, though possible in some instances.
When your opportunity is within a business park, then the chance of 'getting away with' good design are more limited.
In this instance, it would appears daft to put one's head above the parapet and spew forth such first-year drivel to justify the design....!
Perhaps the intention was not to put ones head above the parapet, only to find it "peeled off" exposing oneself to all and sundry

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