The site was once home to a former police station – first opened in 1901 – and given its historical significance to the local community, the initial approach to construction was based upon conversion, facade retention or complete demolition & new build.
Data captured from the feasibility assessment indicated that the building façade was in a very poor condition, thus, it was determined that it would be more cost-effective to demolish the building and rebuild, ultimately conceiving a total of 18 one and two-bedroom apartments that are specifically designed to meet the needs of the elderly and those with decreased mobility.
The original blueprint of the facade was replicated entirely using locally sourced sandstone whilst the original stone was recycled and used to build a new site boundary wall.
The third floor has been stepped back from the main stone elevation, and a low pitched zinc roof has maintained the ridgeline within the ridge of the original Victorian building. The windows of the flats to the gable and south elevations were then made as wide as possible to provide a contemporary contrast whilst maximising solar gain.
CCG utilised the ‘iQ’ Timber System for the build whilst all flat entrance, common, close entrance and internal door sets were designed and supplied by CCG Manufacturing, all combining to create a building that offers improved airtightness and reduced energy demand. Underfloor heating and solar PV panels were also installed to help promote responsible energy use and lower energy bills for residents.
Efficiencies were also felt at site-level thanks to the use of offsite methods of construction achieving rapid site erection within a site that was constrained by its size and main street location. In total, the superstructure was installed wind and watertight in just 7 weeks contributing to a completion date five weeks in advance of the 62-week contract programme.
A range of community benefit initiatives were undertaken as a result of the build. This included the employment of 3 general labourers from the FK postcode region; a work placement to Amy Rodgers of Denny High School who was based at CCG’s HQ in Cambuslang, and a site tour to students of Stirling University in aid of curriculum support.