Saltcoats Competition, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company + McLaughlin Construction

Saltcoats Competition : RIAS Design Contest

RIAS Invited Contest in North Ayrshire, south west Scotland

21 Jan 2008

RIAS Saltcoats Competition

Saltcoats Development Winner

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Saltcoats Competition

Saltcoats Competition : 22 Jan 2008
cre8architecture’s Saltcoats Apartments

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An exciting shortlisted scheme for the RIAS Saltcoats Apartments Competition on the west coast of Scotland

Occupying a prestigious location on the Ayrshire coastline, the concept boldly challenges the spatial imperfections of this gateway site whilst respecting the adjacent urban fabric behind the gates. The sculptural form smoothly follows the line of the buildings along the street edge, then accelerates as it turns and launches itself towards the town – its figure becoming captured in this inspiring coastline landmark.

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Tall silhouettes of the envelope, queuing one next to each other, orientate the majority of the apartments towards the magnificent coastline panorama. This stepping footprint, massing and building orientation creates a range of apartment types and prices, whilst still permitting an element of modularisation and prefabrication.

The scheme also incorporates a number of sustainable features that allow the development to deliver excellent environmental ratings set within a backdrop of commercial reality.

RIAS Saltcoats Competition information from cre8architecture

22 Oct 2007

RIAS Saltcoats Competition Site


A national competition has been launched to design a landmark housing development for a prime site in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire in a project which is the first of its kind in Scotland.

The competition organised by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, is being sponsored by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and local building company McLaughlin Construction.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay said: “This site is simply stunning and lends itself to a landmark building. “We are delighted to be working with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland to offer this site for a design competition.

“We are asking architects to produce designs for apartments which will meet very good design and build standards and which importantly, will be a high quality design which exploits the location and a suitable landmark for this prominent location.

“We also expect high levels of environmental sustainability.”

Dick Cannon, a well respected and award-winning Glasgow architect is the competition’s independent assessor. The other jurors will include developer Paul McLaughlin, sustainability expert Lori McElroy and Arthur Watson, Development Manager with Irvine Bay URC.

The competition seeks to generate designs which will maximise the site’s sea views to Arran and meet the need for two and three bedroom flats in the area.

The development will meet 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 designs will seek to influence the way in which the occupiers of the houses conserve energy and minimise waste.

William Wood of RIAS said: “This is the first design competition of its type where we have worked with a local regeneration company and construction company to produce a compelling landmark design for an apartment block. We expect there to be a high level of interest in this competition.”

Paul McLaughlin, Director of McLaughlin Construction, the site owner said: “ We are keen to make sure that we maximise the potential of this site with a development which will not only be a great place to live but which also helps with the wider regeneration of Saltcoats and the surrounding area.

The closing date for designs to be submitted is 7th December and it is expected that a shortlist will be interviewed before the winner is announced in mid-January.

Further information on the competition is available to from the RIAS and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company

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