The Old Court House Rothesay, Isle of Bute
Located in the centre of Rothesay's outstanding conservation area, adjacent to a unique 13th century circular castle The Old Courthouse recombines a series of ‘Category B’ listed buildings that formerly housed Argyll and Bute Council offices and the regional Sheriff Court. A combination of refurbishment, restoration, remodeling and new build has been used to create 25 new homes for first time buyer, shared equity sale on the Isle of Bute. The design retains the sculptural mid-nineteenth century ashlar stone facades and rearranges the plan of the building around a new courtyard; a simple shift that provides efficient circulation and a series of calm external spaces within the busy town centre. A new deck, formed in concrete, steel and mesh, wraps round the courtyard and, in conjunction with a new lift shaft and stair tower, provides barrier free access and external semi-private spaces to all flats. Within the courtyard a restrained palette of materials and simple elevational treatment provides a sympathetic contrast between the old and new elements. New openings are marked with black zinc frames to mark out interventions in the existing facade. Materials and energy systems have been chosen to minimise the long term environmental impact of the building. As well as much of the building being retained, local, sustainable and long lasting materials and trades were used where possible. The highly insulated envelope, in conjunction with partially retained thermal mass and hi-efficiency boilers provide a comfortable internal environment and an energy efficient building. The redevelopment of the building included demolition, facade retention, archaeological investigation, structural steel installation and involved many local skilled craftsmen including stone masons, plasterers, slaters and carpenters - the execution of many of the details was very much a collaborative effort. The overall achievement is down to a strong and ambitious client, skilled design team and a cooperative and capable contractor and sub-contractors.
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