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Fort William student block considered by planners

August 4 2016

Fort William student block considered by planners
Threesixty Architecture has drawn up plans for a 40 room student accommodation block in the Highland town of Fort William, together with a single storey plant room, bike store and bin room.

Prepared on behalf of Cityheart and the University of the Highlands and Islands the scheme will be finished in render and grey timber effect rainscreen cladding, with panels of ‘punchy’ feature colour under a slate roof.

In their design statement the architects said: “A simple palette of materials is proposed. This is reflective of the materials to be found in the locale without intending to create a pastiche.”

Mindful of an often harsh climate the architects have also incorporated broad gutters and steep roof profile.

Situated on a main road close to Belford Hospital the scheme seeks to juggle an urban response to a busy junction with the more domestic scale found further along Fassifern Road.

The project follows hot on the heels to deliver a similar student build in Dornoch.
A low maintenance solution has been chosen
A low maintenance solution has been chosen
Rooms are arranged in clusters off a central spine
Rooms are arranged in clusters off a central spine


punchy colour
#1 Posted by punchy colour on 4 Aug 2016 at 13:14 PM

On the bright side, at least this could be used as spillover accommodation from HMP Highland in Milton of Leys
#2 Posted by basho on 4 Aug 2016 at 14:09 PM
I like it! It's obviously an ironic 21st century twist on the dreary Victorian Workhouse - a wonderful commentary on the learning 'factories' that modern universities have become. I hope. **********
#3 Posted by Terra on 5 Aug 2016 at 02:57 AM
#1 was just thinking about that when I saw the renders. It's amazing that's the first thing that came to mind, then considering that for a moment it actually would probably look like the design of a modern prison building.
Grim, grim, grim.

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