Contour hugging Galashiels homes snake their way through planning
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March 23 2021
Eildon Housing Association in collaboration with AMP Architects and Will Rudd Davidson Engineers have set out plans for the second phase of a significant housing development at Buckholm Corner, Galashiels.
A four-hectare grassland site has been identified east of the A7 trunk road for 80 homes on steeply sloping land bisected by a watercourse, requiring significant cut and fill work to make it accessible.
Outlining their development proposals AMP wrote: "The topography of Galashiels (steep slopes) provides much of its unique ‘sense of place’ and so the masterplan/layout concept has been informed by what has gone before and served Galashiels well. The predominant local characteristic is of lines of terraced development aligned to follow a contour...
"This is clearly visible across the Gala Water on the opposite side of the valley from the proposed site."
Terraced homes will be finished in smooth buff render above a grey brick base course with feature fibre cement cladding.