[First look + plans + project data] The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment has completed the first show homes on its 28-hectare Knockroon housing development in Cumnock, East Ayrshire
The cottages are part of a 600-home development – designed by Prince’s Foundation architect Lachlan Stewart and designer Ben Pentreath – which won planning permission in January.
The buildings comprise a single four-bedroom house, a three-bedroom home and a one-bedroom dwelling. The interiors were designed by Caroline Brown.
The Prince of Wales– known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland – bought the Knockroon site in 2007 following his acquisition of nearby Dumfries House. The ‘heritage led regeneration’ project is backed by Hope Homes Scotland and ZeroC Holdings.
Hank Dittmar, Prince’s Foundation chief executive said: ‘While the project follows the example set by Poundbury in creating a walkable, mixed community, Knockroon is resolutely a Scottish design, reflecting the character of Ayrshire while providing attractive contemporary living.
‘Along with Dumfries House, Knockroon is set to become an exemplar of Scotland’s leadership in community and regeneration.’
Hope Homes Scotland director Anne Hope added: ‘The new visitor centre and show homes at Knockroon are well worth seeing. All visitors will be made welcome as we want everyone to have the opportunity to learn more about the excellent ideas behind the design of this new model community.
‘Hope Homes have an enviable reputation for building homes in which people really want to live. My fellow director, Ian Hope, and I think that the new homes at Knockroon will prove to be much sought-after.’
The show homes are part of Knockroon’s first phase which when complete will feature 88 homes, 12 work units, two commercial buildings and a shop
Poundbury development director Andrew Hamilton is overseeing the project.
Architects:Ben Pentreath and Lachie Stewart
Location:Cumnock, East Ayrshire
Type of Project: mixed use neighbourhood extension
Design Team: The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment (masterplanners), Ben Pentreath, Anta Architecture, Andy Cameron (WSP), Hope Homes, ZeroC, Scottish Wildlife Trust
Client:The Prince’s Charities Foundation
Start on site date: April 2011