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November 17 2020

Housing need addressed by affordable Falkirk apartments

Plans for 23 apartments for social rent on brownfield land at King Street, Falkirk, have been filed by Covell Matthews Architects on behalf of G&N Homes.

Located just beyond the town centre the build would rise on the corner of Thornhill Road, splitting accommodation between twin three-storey blocks connected by a landscaped parking court.

In a statement of intent, the architect wrote: "The corner of King Street and Thornhill Road has been identified as an opportunity to create architectural focus and strengthen the corner within the urban realm. Corner windows on each floor sit in the prominent position maximising views from inside as well as creating interest externally.

"A rusty red timber effect cladding has been proposed to surround the corner windows, accentuating it further. The timber effect cladding is also utilised throughout each building to highlight the main entrances and add texture to some of the less fenestrated facades."

Finished primarily in white render and contrasting dark brick the properties will be owned and managed by Link and Paragon Housing Association's. 

3 Comments

mick
#1 Posted by mick on 17 Nov 2020 at 14:43 PM
Possible that either the architects or the developer offered this project to UD in order to impress or inform others? Sorry in my case you have really demotivated me. Thanks for nothing.
The Bairn
#2 Posted by The Bairn on 19 Nov 2020 at 13:33 PM
OMG!!
Its just like the architects only 'visited' the site via Google Streetview …Does white render blend snuggly into the context and materiality precedent set by the traditional style Victorian terrace finished in stone across the road?
And I'm pretty sue that other render colours are available if arsed to make an effort.
Poor scheme judging by the one external image.
nathan wright
#3 Posted by nathan wright on 19 Nov 2020 at 17:08 PM
There's no white render anywhere in the area so wholly out of context. But in terms of drabness it fits in well with the local council housing stock. The redbrick was first used at a nearby surgery which is also a bit of a design failure (was in it last week).

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