Galashiels housing meets affordable homes demand
October 25 2018
Eldon Housing Association with Collective Architecture have prepared plans for 69 affordable homes at Coopersknowe Crescent on the outskirts of Galashiels.
Incorporating a mix of bungalows, colony-style homes and flats inspired by rural farm steadings the project is earmarked for an area of scrubland and finished in a simple palette of render with a sparing use of timber to signify entrances tiled roofs.
In a statement the architects wrote: “From the outset, the influences of the slope, orientation, adjacent farm steadings and the existing road layout led towards the creation of a number of courtyards with dwellings arranged to form a series of protected, sunny spaces, creating a characterful and irregular layout typical of the existing context.
“The housing mix of bungalows, one-and-a-half storey family houses and two-and-a-half storey colonies have been carefully located on the site in response to the neighbouring Coopersknowe Crescent houses and to take advantage of the topography.”
David Narro Associates and Armour Construction Consultants are also assisting with the build.
Not happy with the valley gutters, the Hobbit sanctuary ground floors or the flat expressionless gables.
Then you have the bingo card techno babble to describe them that appeals to nobody apart from other architects.
However, Rule #1 Applies. Do Not Engage.
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Plain, no detailing or depth with roof forms that will fail over time. Housing types selected for their exclusivity rather than their livability.
Basic point -- would the architects be happy to live in these homes?
Experience suggests not.
How all this fits in the with the Ponderosa style builds next door is anyone's guess.