Housing at South Gyle

Awarded first place in limited design competition.

The development comprises twenty-seven units (including six to wheelchair standard) laid out to enclose an informal square on a suburban site. All dwellings are arranged to overlook the central landscaped space, to provide a visual focus and encourage a feeling of community and security. A simple, consistent palette of materials (e.g. facing brick, zinc, Eternit boards) visually links the five different blocks of accommodation.

Client: Horizon Housing Association
Quantity Surveyor: Pottie Wilson
Engineer: Brand Leonard

Location: Mid Gogarloch Syke, South Gyle, Edinburgh
RIBA Journal (Dec 1996) pp3, 40-45 (article ‘Nova Scotia” by John Welsh).
M Glenndinning, R MacInnes, A MacKechnie "A History of Scottish Architecture from the Renaissance to the Present" book, Edinburgh University Press, 1996.
Prospect (Oct 1997) issue 64, pp44-46 (article)
Glasgow Herald, ‘Scotland’s Homes supplement (21 Jan 1998) article “Let’s hear it for Originality” by Charles McKean)
Scotsman ‘Scotland’s Homes supplement (27 Apr 1998) article “Cool & the New Gang. Building up a Reputation: Scotland’s Best Young Architects” by Penny Lewis
Exhibited at Architecture Foundation, London
"New Architects: A guide to Britain best young architectural practices" book, The Architecture Foundation, Booth-Clibborn Editions: London 1998
Colquhoun, I "RIBA Book of 20th Century British Housing", Architectural Press: Oxford 1999 (p297)
Edinburgh - A Guide to Recent Architecture book, J Rodger, Ellipsis  (text & photos pp11.2 & 11.3; 2.12 & 2.13).  ISBN 1 84166 066 3
Photos: Keith Hunter Photography, Paul Zanre Photography, Patricia and Angus McDonald and e&f mclachlan architects

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