Balmuir Homes, Bathgate
Client : Balmuir Homes
Location : Bathgate
Value : Undisclosed
Completion Date : 2008
This private development not far from the centre of Bathgate occupies the steeply sloping site of a former health clinic.
The site faces south and is surrounded by an eclectic mix of buildings types, styles and ages, certainly without any common architectural thread or pattern that might provide clues to the character of new development. In addition to this challenge, the developer required a density that put a strain on the site, a factor that was not lost on the local residents. As a result the development of an acceptable design required significant consultation with the planning authorities, local residents and community council to ensure all were satisfied.
The final proposal presents an ‘L’ shaped development that turns the corner of the site and splits the accommodation into three blocks with flats organized around central stairwells. There are 22 flats all with open plan lounge/kitchen/dining and with two double bedrooms.
The original design was for very contemporary and clean, simple blocks but a more articulated language was favoured by the planning department and the result is an undulating facade of gables, double height openings and open stair wells, combining modern and traditional details and motifs.
The final completed development was described by the planning officer as the best new housing schemes in Bathgate.