ARCHITECTURE: Affordable Housing

Holmlea Primary School

Nomination

The project has completely regenerated the surrounding area as well as the school itself; having closed in 2005 it had lain empty, deteriorated with the ravages of time and systematic stripping of valuable raw materials before becoming a hive of anti-social behaviour. Now standing as a beacon as you cross the bridge into Cathcart, the regeneration has allowed the ‘back’ of the site to engage with and engrain itself within the robust tenemental forms of Cathcart whilst maintaining its historic […]

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Craigmillar Town Centre

Nomination

The population of Craigmillar fell with the decline of the economy during the 1960s and 1970s, social problems began to grow and the area became stigmatised. In response the Craigmillar Urban Design Framework was established. The 194 homes now completed have solidified the intention of this framework and the rejuvenated heart of this community.  The project has been designed to maximise the number of active frontages within the site layout; This helps to facilitate passive surveillance over the majority of […]

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Gannochy Lifetime Neighbourhood

Nomination

AK Bell, a noted philanthropist, constructed the original Housing Estate in 1923.  It provides high quality housing at mid-market rents. The new housing development provides  flexible  two bedroom homes which can  accommodate a range of  tenants  such as young ‘starter’  families, single people, downsizers, and people with physical and perceptual impairments (such as dementia) including those with a live-in carer. Adding value: We prepared a community-led Masterplan integrating new and existing housing and greenspace.. Older people were living in hard […]

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Fraser Avenue, Inverkeithing. Working with the local community to transform an unloved Fife housing estate.

Nomination

Fraser Avenue, a mid-20th century housing estate in Fife, was no longer fit for purpose. Living in one of the most disadvantaged areas in Scotland, residents felt alienated and a lack of belonging. Fife Council engaged 7N to work with the local community to develop regeneration proposals. An extensive resident engagement process confirmed that negative feelings about the area were linked to poor layout and ambiguously designed spaces of the existing estate.  The project has transformed the neighbourhood into a […]

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St Andrew’s Drive

Nomination

The project comprises 48 flats and maisonettes for Southside Housing Association and extends the range of local accommodation for families of all different sizes ranging from 1-5 bedrooms. The proposals comprise a wider masterplan for a total of 169 new build flats and maisonettes that have replaced a series of 6 storey deck access blocks from the 1960’s. Prior to redevelopment this was a part of the neighbourhood that felt disconnected and is now a cohesive pattern of clearly defined […]

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