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19 PRS homes earmarked for Galashiels

March 7 2018

19 PRS homes earmarked for Galashiels
Galashiels has been earmarked for the construction of 19 new flats for private rent at Burns Mill and Roxburgh Street, by a local design and build company.

Borders Low Carbon Developments have chosen the town centre site to host the mix of mainstream and affordable homes targeted at everyone from students, families and singles to the retired.

Spanning a range of studio apartments through to two-bedroom flats the project is situated just a four-minute walk away from the Border town’s new transport hub. Arranged over four storeys the project will face the street with a setback brick and steel arcade with access provided by three projecting lift enclosures.

Explaining their design approach the developer wrote: “Three fully glazed stairs and projecting lift enclosures bridging the Lint Burn next to the flat entrances will articulate the building form into three blocks of dwelling accommodation, allowing sunlight and views of the steep rear garden and woodland to filter through into the street. The stairs will become atria/winter gardens where they spill onto the roof level.

“Projecting ‘cliffs’ of stacked storage closets, clad with multi-coloured bands of anodized aluminium, will complement the rich honey buff brick walls.

“The three building blocks will be topped by a shimmering double screen of galvanised steel mesh that will transform with time into a green hanging garden as the espalier wrap-around orchard on the roof matures.”

Enabling works could begin as early as the autumn for occupation by the end of 2019 subject to the necessary permits.


Flora Collingwood-Norris
#1 Posted by Flora Collingwood-Norris on 8 Mar 2018 at 15:12 PM
It's great that more housing is being planned, but could the design be more visually pleasing?
David wilson
#2 Posted by David wilson on 9 Mar 2018 at 08:49 AM
They could have at least employed an architect. The plans look like they're a step up from primary school crayon. No thought into the layout of flat and external wardrobes?

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