29 January 2010
The Wyndhead Steading residential development in Lauder,Scotland, has received a commendation at this week’s Scottish Borders Council Design Award Scheme.
Wyndhead Steading was a redundant farm steading located on the southern edge of Lauder in the Scottish borders. It has been developed by Lagan Homes into a residential scheme of 19 properties, providing a mixture of conversion and new-build houses which retains the character of a farm steading.
WYG Planning & Design provided architecture, landscape architecture and planning services to Lagan Homes. The design looks to conserve the best of the existing buildings and removing the poorer quality buildings on the site, yet retaining the character. The features of the listed farm buildings have been preserved, while modern interventions compliment and enhance the buildings in their new residential use.
Tony Thomas, Director, WYG Planning & Design said: “We are delighted to have been a part of this award winning scheme. We have designed the buildings to reflect the existing farm steading so that the scheme has a strong identity which relates to the local context and helps promote integration with the local community.”
Consultation was sought with the local community along with extensive negotiations with the council’s roads department to achieve a courtyard layout which differs from basic road standards and creates a pedestrian friendly environment.
Tony added: “The cohesion throughout the development is improved further by the design of the landscaping and planting scheme, linking the building and spaces throughout.”
The first property was occupied in 2008 with completions on a sale by sale basis throughout 2009. Properties are still available and WYG Planning & Design will continue to work with Lagan Homes to make any design changes purchases may request.
Photograph: Wyndhead courtyard