Pedestrian-first Cumnock estate regeneration to deliver 36 homes
February 11 2020
Mast Architects with Cunninghame Housing Association are to steer a major urban renewal project through planning in the East Ayrshire town of Cumnock.
New plans call for the regeneration of George McTurk Court to replace five of six post-war apartment blocks with a mixture of bungalows and townhouses, all built to Housing for Varying Needs standards.
The new masterplan will push the building line out to Cairn Road and Glaisnock Street, opening up an interior ‘village green’ and establishing a prominent landscaped gushet where they meet to mirror that of St John’s RC Church.
Finished predominantly in textured buff brick the development will include sage green fibre cement cladding panels to create a sense of identity with white render window surrounds giving the illusion of larger openings.
Describing the chosen built form the architects wrote: “In essence, the design takes a series of simple moves as its starting point, introducing various elements of articulation as required to enhance visual interest within each block and contribute to the character of the streetscape.
“The effect is to create a rational and refined aesthetic which works with the wider landscaping strategy to create a positive residential environment.”
Adopting a ‘pedestrian-first’ approach vehicle access will be subordinate to foot access to establish a fully walkable neighbourhood.
The southernmost block is undergoing a programme of refurbishment and exterior cladding with remaining blocks to be demolished shortly