We are delighted to announce that our scheme for Loretto Housing Association has won both this years Saltire Award for Housing Design s well as the Scottish Homes Award for a large scale housing development. .
This new sustainable low carbon housing development comprising of 53 dwellings, has been developed 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. 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./>
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.”