[First look + plans] Glasgow-based FBN Architects has won planning permission for this 55-home scheme in Paisley
The Neilston Road development for the Loretto Housing Association will sit on the site of the former South Primary School and features six townhouses, 37 socially rented houses built around a central square with shared surface and a ‘courtyard building’ which will house 10 supported flats for young adults.
The practice worked with Ian White Associates on the landscape design.
The architect’s view - Andrew McEwan of FBN Architects
‘Our proposals are driven by the desire to create a sustainable residential community of distinct character & lasting quality. The defining character
of the proposal is a new informal green heart which allows the architecture to form a backdrop to this new recreational space. The architectural language combines a contemporary aesthetic, a nod to local built forms and a response to modern living patterns. Our view is that sustainability
is the capacity to endure. Be it a lasting relationship with a friendly neighbour or the enduring quality of your home. We want to encourage both. Our aim is to reduce the burden of modern life by providing efficient, contemporary houses by following our simple manifesto for achievable sustainable housing. Our intention is that this scheme will foster a sense of community between residents and become a place where people gossip in doorways, children scamper across parkland and where someone can sit down and thumb through a magazine.’
Client: Loretto Housing Association
Architects: FBN Architects LLP
Landscape Architects: Ian White Associates
Structural Engineers: URS Scott Wilson Limited
Employers Representative: NBM Construction Cost Consultant