Courtyard homes earmarked for decanted Ayr tower block residents
September 18 2019
Ayrshire Housing. Alloway and ARPL Architects have teamed up to present plans for 34 flats geared toward the elderly on a gap-site off Carrick Street in Ayr town centre.
A mix of one and two-bedroom homes are proposed for the surface car park in a shattered corner of the historic centre, adjacent to the B-listed Gaiety Theatre.
Intended to repair the broken surrounding streetscape the project has been identified as potential accommodation for decanted tenants from a condemned trio of riverside tower blocks by South Ayrshire Council.
Modelled on traditional almshouses the scheme will marry a strong frontage with a courtyard form finished in buff and cream brick.
In a design statement, ARPL wrote: “The main frontage of the proposal is of five and six-storey high wings with a one and two-storey ground-level perimeter plinth.
“The two wings align with the street pattern of the surrounding streets with the courtyard and entrance facing out to form a termination of Boswell Park. The southern wing is laid out with three flats opening out to the side street. The northern wing is set to match the angle formed by the high street buildings. This divergence of angle allows the northern wing to benefit from long views out of the courtyard down along Boswell Park.”
Shared timber balconies off each landing connect to the circulation core and lift while providing a seating area overlooking the park with an expansive roof garden adding to the amenity on offer.
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