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June 11 2020

Prestwick social housing scheme wins all-clear
LMA Architects have obtained planning consent to build 11 flats on the site of a former police station and social work building in Prestwick.
 
Two red sandstone buildings at 12-14 Main Street have already been demolished to accommodate the build, with two ornately carved stones retained for incorporation into the new building's facade as the sole reminder of the sites past.
 
The new building has been designed to st within the existing footprint to maintain as much of the streetscape as possible with a corbelled brick feature element extending past the eaves line to evoke a decorative gable of the site as it was.
 
All flats will be fully accessible, benefitting from private parking and access to the amenity of nearby Boydfield Gardens.
 
Led by South Ayrshire Council with Hub South West and Ashleigh the social housing scheme is expected to begin construction later this year.
Ashleigh will move on-site later this year
Ashleigh will move on-site later this year
New build flats will adhere to the footprint and height of the previous buildings
New build flats will adhere to the footprint and height of the previous buildings

The site has already been cleared with only a decorative stone crest and panel retained
The site has already been cleared with only a decorative stone crest and panel retained
The town centre site benefits from open aspect to Boydfield Gardens
The town centre site benefits from open aspect to Boydfield Gardens

3 Comments

Sad
#1 Posted by Sad on 11 Jun 2020 at 12:43 PM
Prestwick weeps...
The Bairn
#2 Posted by The Bairn on 11 Jun 2020 at 17:02 PM
I suppose we should be grateful for 'two ornately carved stones retained for incorporation into the new building's façade' was it too challenging to save the actual fecking façade? Presumably not cost effective. What next, have they melted down original sets of handcuffs found in an office drawer to be reused as front door keys. I say I say I say.
Bill S
#3 Posted by Bill S on 13 Jun 2020 at 11:52 AM
Not sure if my fellow posters bothered reading the article, but it clearly says the;

"Two red sandstone buildings at 12-14 Main Street have already been demolished..."

So the site is actually empty prior to works going ahead.

I quite like the scheme - for one it is actually a considered design that is both contextual and meaningful in form, materiality and scale. For another, it is a social housing development that shows more merit than most ticky tacky boxes you see splattered across the country, and could be held up as an exemplar of infill urban design on a small town scale. I'll be keen to see the brick detailing when constructed.

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