Multi-award winning Todlaw Supported Housing earns another prestigious recognition
Oliver Chapman Architects were given a RIBA Award by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland .
Working with the Scottish Borders Council, the NHS and Berwickshire Housing Association, OCA have designed 14 semi-detached houses and a shared services facility for people with disabilities at Duns.
The houses are clustered around a new quiet street. All the houses are set out around a ‘tartan grid’ which creates a varying relationship between houses and the road. Some houses are set back further from the road than the convention, whilst others are set close to the road edge. There is also a mixture of gables and eaves adjacent to the road which adds to the streetscape character. The commonly understood character of a home is created by designing duo pitched roof form with gables at either end. OCA’s urban design framework for the surrounding area will ensure that the care facility will integrate into areas of future social and private housing.
The jury panel pointed out some of the winning characteristics of the inspiring scheme: “The strategy of using a housing rather than an institutional model for the care of people with substantial disabilities and illnesses has been carried out with clarity and has produced a piece of housing which would be admirable for any occupation.
"The occupants feel that they are living in the town in the same way as everyone else. Clearly this is a project of great significance to its users. This is a project with an extremely low budget yet the architects have achieved buildings of quality and beauty. Economy is achieved in the repetition of built elements but distinctions are achieved through shifts in colour and orientation. There is a delicate play between consistency and variation. The arrangement offers beautiful vistas and composition.”
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