YARROWFORD GRAZINGS // SCOTTISH BORDERS
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John R Harris & Partners Ltd
Small scale development
The development forms part of the rural village of Yarrowford, where the site was identified as being suitable for building 8 carefully orientated semi-detached family homes.
Scottish Home Awards 2011 – Rural Development of the Year Finalist
Interim Project Report
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- The layout of the site was designed in such a way that the new houses would register as part of the existing houses and thus create a sense of inclusion in the surrounding neighbourhood.
- The new development is set out to register as a courtyard to take advantage of the existing open space within the adjacent housing development.
- Dormer windows on the new housing are designed to pick up the profile of existing houses.
- The rendered elements of the new houses have been designed so that they closely represent the colour and finish of the existing houses.
- Due to the proximity of the 1 in 200 year storm flood levels, the buildings had to be raised above this flood level.
- Large glazing elements are used to increase passive solar gain.
- Most of the dwellings also have south facing porches to further utilise the sun.
- Passive surveillance is achieved due to rear gardens being private and the frontage of the buildings overlooking the central areas. All areas of the development are overlooked by windows adding to the safety of the site.
- Air-source heat pumps are used to provide heating and domestic hot water for the houses.
- High performance double glazed windows and doors are used to prevent heat loss and reduce energy consumption.
- Excavated ground was re-used for sub-base infill, foundations, drainage trenches and for top soil. This resulted in reducing the amount of imported material required to a very small level, therefore, reducing transportation of materials and the associated costs and energy consumption.
- Scottish timber was utilised for the structural frame, flooring, doors, windows, external cladding and linings.
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