Aitken Turnbull are delighted to welcome Sean Campbell to our Borders Office. Sean recently completed Secondary School and is now working with us on his build up to embarking upon a technician career. We are pleased to have him join our Galashiels office, with a warm welcome from everyone in the team!

Dementia Care Unit, Murray House, Kelso

Planning was lodged at the end of 2016 for new Dementia Care Unit, in Kelso.

‘Murray House’ is a proposed 18 bed Dementia Unit to be situated next to the existing Queen’s House Care Home. This is a residential nursing care home designed for the needs of Dementia residents and built using the latest knowledge for the needs of this growing illness. In the Scottish Borders no specialist units of this type currently exists. Over the next 20 years it is forecasted that the number of people aged 60 years and above in Scotland will be 24% of the population, in the Borders it will be 30%.

The 18 no. outward looking bedrooms are positioned to provide residents with a direct connection to the landscaped gardens; a feature which will assist in the effective care of dementia patients. Social spaces for sitting and dining are situated in the NW and SW corners to provide shared internal amenity space for both residents and guests which also provides direct connection to the outdoors.

The new care home will provide employment for additional staff. The supporting infrastructure will be separate to Queen’s House due to the nature of the Dementia residents having different needs. The central hub and service building will be positioned to the south east of the existing boundary wall and will share a public domain with Queens House. This allows the more utilitarian functions to be kept separate from the dementia care residents and will provide activity areas, a salon, and quiet room which service at a destination for residents of Queens House and the new Murray House.

Make sure to keep updated with the project to see how things develop!

Happy New Year

AT would like to wish all our clients, consultants, contractors, friends, families and staff a Happy and prosperous 2017!

After the first few days of work, we are now back into the swing of things and are looking forward to the projects ahead for the year.

Make sure to keep checking back on our website and social media for our news stories.

Planning for Riccarton Campus

Aitken Turnbull are delighted to have assisted in lodging Planning permission in principle for an ‘independent village’ for students and permanent residents at Heriot-Watt Universities Riccarton Campus.

Led by landowner H&H Group Riccarton Mains Village will involve provision of 200 homes, 200 student flats, a community centre and supermarket on 12 hectares of land using designs intended to respect the area’s ‘rural character’.

Brian Richardson chief executive of H&H Group plc said: “This development is in one of the most sustainable locations in Edinburgh and is well connected for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as being well-served by public transport, reducing the impact on the local road network.”

“We are also pleased to be bringing forward community facilities, including the potential for a new GP surgery which was one of the key issues raised at the consultation events we held.”

The village also sits close to the Oriam Centre, a sports performance hub which will eventually be joined by a 160-bed hotel and possible film studio.

ASA 2016

We are excited to announce some news about our project The Wave!

It has recently won the award for Best Private Residence Development Project in 2016 Build News Executive Awards. The project was also included in this year’s Architecture Scotland Annual 2016.

Our Saltcoats Steading project was included in the ASA 2016 too. Great news for both projects which we hope to continue more success with.