Building communities for the future category – category winner, commended
Project – Foveran Village
Architect – AREA, Raeburn Farquhar Bowen (Landscape Architect)
Main Contractor – Scotia Homes
Engineer – Fairhurst
Location – Foveran
Photos – Scotia Homes
The judges felt this project should be recognised for taking the risk of trying something different and felt this should be positively encouraged. They welcomed the generous plot sizes and the interesting landscape features which they would like to see again when they start to mature. The simplicity and contemporary nature of the house design was also noted, and they felt the scale and variety of housing should be commended, a real template for further development in this location.
Recognising the potential of the Foveran Burn and lade as a landscape asset, AREA’s masterplan proposes a series of new watercourses, inspired by the patterns of earlier mill lades and field drainage. These waterways form part of the approach to the sustainable management of storm water on the site. Integral to the streetscape, these will adjoin new routes and echo the historical relationship of built form to lade that was once typical of Foveran.
As a contemporary re-interpretation of historic rural architecture, the new homes are designed to contribute positively to the creation of a strengthened ‘sense of place’, providing a renewed identity for the expansion of Foveran. The scale was carefully considered so that the proportion, gable width and roof pitch have a consistent form reminiscent of the character of mills and rural buildings in and around Foveran. The streets are designed to encourage walking, cycling and community activity.
Innovation has been most keenly borne out via the uniquely designed range of contemporary homes, which sought to deliver an alternative approach to typically developed housebuilder product. The individually designed homes provide a variety of sizes and typologies focused on flexible outwardly looking open plan living as a core feature, to promote more engaging and sociable living habits. Whilst providing this within the key requirements of an efficient and highly insulated building fabric, supplemented by PV solar panel and central heating technologies to provide optimum efficiency and comfort for the homeowner.
The investment made in the creation of this unique first phase of 50 homes is seen as the catalyst for the vision of a much wider Foveran Village masterplan, that will ultimately establish the creation of an enhanced village community. Supporting and sustaining the existing primary school, local café and promoting Foveran as an attractive rural Aberdeenshire village with greater opportunities for further amenities, improved access to the coast and countryside as well as enhanced public transport links via the recently completed bypass.