Design competition for housing scheme in Saltcoats, Scotland won by architects Holmes
Holmes have won a national competition to design a landmark housing development for a prime site in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire. The competition organised by the Royal Incorporation of Architects (RIAS) in Scotland, was sponsored by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and local building company McLaughlin Construction.
The competition attracted 48 submissions from as far afield as Jersey, London and Paris. The successful design team from Holmes were Craig Heap, Ryan Holmes and Gavin Salt.
The development meets the BREEAM Ecohomes Very Good standard. This standard seeks to minimise energy consumption and reduce waste in construction including using materials supplied from renewable sources, using pre-fabrication to reduce on-site waste, specifying materials with a high recycled or re-used content, sourcing materials that are accredited from sustainable sources and which minimise the environmental impact of manufacturing and sourcing materials locally to reduce transport emissions.
In addition, the design seeks to influence the way in which the occupiers of the houses conserve energy and minimise waste.