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Malcolm Fraser wins RIAS Whitecross housing competition

Malcolm Fraser Architects has won the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s (RIAS) contest to design a sustainable housing development in Whitecross, west Lothian

The practice saw off competition from Elder & Cannon Architects, Gareth Hoskins Architects, HTA Architects and RMJM to win the land the high-profile commission.

Fiona Hyslop, Scottish culture minister, said: ‘The winning team of Malcolm Fraser Architects has submitted an original and innovative proposal that I hope will be an important exemplar for the design and construction sector and help deliver low-carbon communities and sustainable economic growth for Scotland.’

David Page, judging panel chair and director at Page\Park Architects, said: ‘First place was awarded to Malcolm Fraser Architects with Stewart Milne Homes for development of themes explored at nearby Bo’ness and more recently at the Scotland’s Housing Expo.

‘This consisted here of groupings of housing arranged around a sequence of courts and rows linked by a pedestrian spine stretching from the masterplan proposed civic garden in the north down to the river woodland walk to the south [and] clever manipulation of the building typologies adapted to the Cadell2 masterplan through adaptation of Stewart Milne Homes’ prefabricated timber frame systems with innovative suggestions to the commercial development of the anchoring High Street.’

The competition sought design ideas for a proposed low carbon community. Forty-one pre qualification submissions were received and a shortlist of five was selected by the judging panel.

 

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