Principles of good practice adopted for the Alloa traveler community: November 2022: News: Architecture in profile the building environment in Scotland

November 22, 2022

A Clackmannanshire Traveler community of 16 families is to be upgraded to current living standards as part of a comprehensive package of improvements including eight blocks of replacement amenities, a community center and the provision of storage safe for butane gas.

Led by Austin-Smith:Lord, the Westhaugh transformation project was initiated by the local authority and HUB East Central Scotland, with a mission to improve the quality of life for residents.

With the full support of the residents, who have temporarily relocated while the construction works last, the interventions include the provision of a new play park, the disposal of communal waste and the reconfiguration of the grounds according to fire guidelines .

Located near Alloa, the rural caravan park suffers from mold growth, no pedestrian access and an inefficient electric hot water supply.

Describing their chosen design solution, the architects wrote: “The amenity block design takes a simple form of low-pitched roofs with gabled walls at each end. There is a contrasting porch intervention which is partially recessed and extruded to help delineate the entrance and provide covered shelter which was a key requirement of the residents.

“Inside, the main social spaces are full-height and extend to the central ridge of the party wall, representing a larger space for compact amenity footprints. The community center adopts the same characteristics as amenity blocks using the same roof pitch, materials and details.

“To represent a greater presence on the site, the form is larger in scale and more striking in form as it extends from the ridge into the ground, helping to form a common south-facing terrace and screen to the community garden. “

Each property will be clad with a Thermopine wood rainscreen under a corrugated steel or fiber cement roof. Individual entrances will be defined by a corten or contrasting zinc porch.

Matching roofs and walls are meant to be sympathetic to the rural setting

Matching roofs and walls are meant to be sympathetic to the rural setting

Arrangements are made for the planting of wildflowers as part of the program

Arrangements are made for the planting of wildflowers as part of the program


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