Purpose-built retirement village proposed for Newton Mearns
January 17 2018
Situated off Netherplace Road Newton Mearns Retirement Village has been conceived by Jewitt & Wilkie Architects on behalf of Newton Mearns Projects to cater exclusively for the over-55 market.
Occupying 6.2 hectares of land at a former dyeworks the masterplan seeks to avoid an institutional appearance by adopting a modern aesthetic with specialist adaptations such as chair lifts and easy access bathrooms to ensure occupants can live independent lives for as long as possible.
Outlining their approach the architects wrote: “Whilst little remains of the original dyeworks it was felt appropriate to celebrate the former industrial heritage of the site with the use of facing brick, contrasted by selective panels of colours representing the dyed thread which was once produced at Netherplace Works.
“Within the facades of the respective blocks it is also proposed to introduce a series of different textures, offering distinct identity to key areas within the development. This would be combined with an interlocking concrete roof/slate effect tile within a industrial roofscape to reflect the previous arrangement of sheds and structures on the site, within a contemporary interpretation of that industrial form, set within a landscaped campus.”
Bright colours and textures are employed to ease navigation and tie-in with the sites history as a centre for the fabric industry.
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