FBN Architects recently received planning approval for 55 dwellings on the site of the former South Primary School in Paisley at 103-109 Neilston Road for Loretto Housing Association. The design includes 37 socially rented houses that surround a landscaped central square and shared surface, 6 townhouses that line Neilston Road and a courtyard building, which houses 10 supported flats for young adults as well as a staff base.
Architects: FBN Architects
Location: Paisley, UK
Landscape Architects: Ian White Associates
Structural Engineers: URS Scott Wilson Limited
Employers Representative: NBM Construction Cost Consultants
Client: Loretto Housing Association
Our proposals are driven by the desire to create a sustainable residential community of distinct character and 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. Their view is that sustainability is the capacity to endure. Be it a lasting relationship with a friendly neighbor 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.
FBN has produced a very modern and innovative solution to meet a challenging brief, and have worked hard to produce an excellent example of sustainable low-carbon housing at an affordable cost to the Association.