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February 11 2020

Pedestrian-first Cumnock estate regeneration to deliver 36 homes

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.

Larger scale townhouses are located close to the retained block of flats
Larger scale townhouses are located close to the retained block of flats
The southernmost block is undergoing a programme of refurbishment and exterior cladding with remaining blocks to be demolished shortly
The southernmost block is undergoing a programme of refurbishment and exterior cladding with remaining blocks to be demolished shortly

3 Comments

walkie walkie
#1 Posted by walkie walkie on 12 Feb 2020 at 10:10 AM
Surely the car parking spaces should be on the other side of the footpath to fully embrace a 'pedestrian-first' approach? Can see some ruined suspensions happening in that first image, or worse.
Gerard Green
#2 Posted by Gerard Green on 12 Feb 2020 at 19:11 PM
James Watt University Campus Spango Valley. Give our community something to be proud of. Private housing estate on the former IBM land is very questionable...
Landschafter
#3 Posted by Landschafter on 14 Feb 2020 at 10:30 AM
"Pedestrian-first"... only secondary to the car judging by the images. Looks like an asphalt road with raised kerbs and narrow / standard pavements. Aim for the stars, folks.

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