Gothic-styled Melrose retirement complex rises
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October 5 2021
A Gothic-inspired retirement complex in the Borders town of Melrose has begun to rise with Camerons Strachan Yuill Architects and Rural Renaissance moving on-site.
14 flats are to be built on a site occupied by a former congregational church on Waverley Road, with its strong gable form and vertical detailing reflected by the new build. Formed from white dry-dash render walls with natural stone decoration under a pitched slate roof the project promotes a contemporary vernacular look.
In a design statement, the architects wrote: "The principal aim of the proposal is to integrate the new development within the existing streetscape by utilising the predominant formal language of gabled, dual pitch roofs and masonry boundary walls as seen in the surrounding built context."
Westgrove residents will have access to an on-site gym and health spa with the complex expected to complete by the end of 2022.
The number of units to be built and the footprint of the build is reduced and parking allocation has increased following feedback from locals.
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