200 Elgin homes foster social & landscape links
July 23 2020
Moray Council and Grampian Housing Association have gone public with their plans to erect a sustainable residential development for social rent at Bilbohall, Elgin.
Taken forward by Collective Architecture the proposals call for a mix of 200 homes comprising a mix of houses, amenity bungalows, cottage flats and a care village set amid communal greenspaces and parkland.
Located on the western edge of the urban area the masterplan area works around the constraints of a steeply sloping knoll and woodland belts with homes presenting strong gables to the landscape in a palette of red/silver metal roofs, timber and render.
A 'hilltop village' will crest one of these knolls with native planting and swales augmenting its elevated character. Below 'lower valley' homes will skirt the edges of woodland edge, forming a natural perimeter.
In a statement of intent, Collective Architecture wrote: "The site offered unique opportunities for open space and the final layout incorporates a number of pocket parks, a tree-lined SUDS basin, extensive tree-lined swales as well as an enhanced woodland edge. These are situated within a short distance of all properties and serve to connect the proposed development to the surrounding area."
All homes will be clustered with a view to activating dead spaces between properties as places for social interaction, with corner entrances and cottage flat arrangements chosen to provide additional active frontages.
An on-site care village follows the same template.