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Engine room redevelopment to complete Stirling mill transformation

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May 29 2020

Engine room redevelopment to complete Stirling mill transformation
Planning permission is being sought for the latest phase of development at a former mill complex in Cambussbaron, Stirling, with an application to build eight new homes.
 
Bracewell Stirling Architects propose to remove the remains of a former engine house (block E) within the A-listed Hayford Mills complex after its remains were deemed to be at high risk of structural failure.
 
Working with Swilken Estates it is now proposed to create a new build structure within the same footprint and conforming to the mass and scale of the historic structure.
 
Requesting demolition consent the applicant wrote: "Being of relatively poor build quality and having deteriorated to the point where the approved plans for retention and reuse are no longer practical, we would respectfully suggest that removal of the remaining structure is necessary and approval of a newbuild solution is the only viable option.
 
"We hope that this can be seen as an opportunity to approve the last piece of the jigsaw, thus ensuring completion of the Hayford Mills neighbourhood and leaving a lasting legacy which both respects the past and will ensure a successful future for the residents at Hayford Mills."
 
Work is already well underway to renovate and extend the historic mill complex into a new residential neighbourhood.
A new build replacement is proposed in matching form and materials
A new build replacement is proposed in matching form and materials
The current structure is badly weathered, displaying signs of cracking and structural movement
The current structure is badly weathered, displaying signs of cracking and structural movement

5 Comments

Alex
#1 Posted by Alex on 29 May 2020 at 14:05 PM
Could the walls and windows of the three storey section's frontage be refined to reflect the shape of the three large windows that are a feature of the former engine room? Could the widows be wider, with the top windows reflecting the round arches? Could the top and middle floor windows be linked with darker brickwork - as a reference to the shape of the larger windows in the current building?
Andy Pandy
#2 Posted by Andy Pandy on 1 Jun 2020 at 13:10 PM
#1....naw
jamapple
#3 Posted by jamapple on 1 Jun 2020 at 13:22 PM
jesus thats shocking. A cheap noddyland imitation doesn't "respect the past". Please follow the instructions of #1 above.
Nairn's Bairn
#4 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 1 Jun 2020 at 15:54 PM
@#1&3 - What doesn't help is that the drawing is a bit clunky. Bracewell Stirling are a good firm and I'm sure they will execute things with care so maybe it's the BIM software or something but that drawing is childlike. Where are the hip and ridge flashings, the rooflight flashings, the (however slight) eaves overhangs, window cills, gutter connections, brickwork texture, maybe a little bit of shading to bring the relief of the building to life rather than just cut'n'paste gradients to the glass. Pop a human figure or two on for scale.

This drawing is so bland it's almost American.
Nairn's Bairn
#5 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 1 Jun 2020 at 16:44 PM
PS I'm not necessarily saying people should go full Alan Dunlop, but this looks like it was drawn in Minecraft. Let’s have some line hierarchy – are you an engineer? No? Well don’t draw the window frames in the same thickness as the buildings silhouette. Are the buff bricks surrounding smaller openings really going to be smaller than those at large openings? Will there be no brickwork quoins as at the existing building? What is going on at the junction of eaves and wall corners? Let’s have the slate course lines.

I know that some software does not permit drawing of element junctions or details, but given that this is to support the demolition of a listed building (or one affecting its setting) then it would be nice to see some love.

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