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Prince's Foundation unveils Knockroon housing

[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.


Project data


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

The Prince’s Foundation's Knockroon housing development in Cumnock, East Ayrshire

The Prince’s Foundation’s Knockroon housing development in Cumnock, East Ayrshire






Readers' comments (4)

  • John Kellett

    Whatever happened to the C21?
    The use of traditional sustainable materials doesn't preclude a contemporary style, so why pretend to be something it isn't?
    As for the plans, who on earth places sanitaryware on an internal wall backing onto a bedroom, with all the attendant 'noise' and privacy issues?
    By the way, there is no record on of Ben Pentreath being an architect!

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  • What is significant about this that justifies inclusion in the AJ? It is no different to dozens of other developments anywhere in the country. How can you keep a straight face describing the interior as contemporary and then show an inside photo that looks like a McCarthy and Stone room from the 80's? I like the tin shed extension though. It has hints of FAT.

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  • If this is the future…then oddly I think I prefer the past?

    Scottish design? Why is this kind of pious thinking seemingly endemic in Scotland at the moment?

    Is it reflective of a nation so lacking in cultural and economic confidence that an imaginary past can only be better than the future?

    Why are we building thousands of these new settlements across the country when our cities are full of empty sites? Who is going to live in them, where do they live at the moment? Where will they work, how will they get to work?

    Where do they keep their bins and recycling even...

    Housing has nothing to do with style (Scottish or otherwise) and everything to do with designing appropriate, practical and inspirational spaces and places for living?

    Have a look at Accordia outside Cambridge, pick a Scandinavian architect’s website – almost at random?

    Look at the kind of contemporary living spaces Hertzberger is making right now and have a look again at the photo’s above and wonder at the kind of future and aspiration they represent for Scotland.

    I’ve seen the future…and its probably elsewhere.

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  • Dull and twee.

    Why can't we build for the 21st century not the 19th?

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