On behalf of Loretto Housing Association, FBN Architects are very pleased to announce the completion of this new sustainable low carbon housing development comprising of 53 dwellings, on the site of the former South Primary School in Paisley. The design includes 37 socially rented houses that surround a landscaped central square and shared surface, 6 townhouses that line Neilston Road and a courtyard building, accommodating 10 supported flats for young adults as well as a staff base. FBN Architects collaborated with Ian White Associates on the Landscape Design.
Our proposals were driven by the desire to create a sustainable residential community of distinct character and lasting quality. The development is defined by a new informal green heart to which the architecture forms a backdrop. The ‘traditional gable elevations’ create an architectural language which combines a contemporary aesthetic, a nod to local built forms and a response to modern living patterns. The dwelling mix includes general needs, wheelchair and supported accommodation for young people. However all are treated on the basis of equality, each with easy access to public and private space within a common visual style. Each home overlooks the main square to provide a safe community space, where entrances are recessed to engender a feeling of welcome and encourage casual conversation with a friendly neighbour. Our view is that sustainability is the capacity to endure. Be it a lasting strong community or the enduring quality of these new homes. Here we encourage both. Our aim here was to reduce the burden of modern life by providing efficient, contemporary housing by following our simple manifesto for affordable sustainable housing. Indeed, overall the scheme should achieve a 47% reduction in CO2 emissions via the adoption of the ‘Fabric First’ approach to provide highly insulated and air tight homes working together with heat recovery ventilation and roof mounted photovoltaic panels to generate 71kW of electricity on site. All of this of course results in low utility bills, a reduction in fuel poverty and a 20 year income via FITS payments to the Association. The project has achieved a ‘Very Good’ EcoHomes rating with SAP ratings around the 90 mark.
FBN Architects have a vibrant enthusiasm for design & sustainability and 26 years of experience in the design & procurement in successful social, low cost, supported and special needs housing. Having now completed 180 low carbon homes and being Passive House Designers we are well placed to meet the challenges our clients face in the provision of zero carbon homes.
Rona Anderson, Development Co-ordinator with Loretto says “Loretto are delighted with the completion of the Charleston Square development designed by FBN Architects. FBN have produced a very modern and innovative solution to meet a challenging brief, and have worked hard to produce an excellent example of sustainable low-carbon housing at an affordable cost to the Association. The new housing not only looks stunning but FBN’s attention to detail means that our tenants are over the moon about the quality of layout, design and specification. It’s our most energy efficient development to date and many tenants can’t believe their luck at how low the running costs are for their homes.”