Southerness

Dumfries & Galloway

Our brief for this project was to provide the client with a holiday village to accommodate 125 houses and associated leisure facilities. The project was to include: a community hall, café and nine-hole practice golf course for the holiday makers.

Our role was to design the scheme and lead the planning team, including: the planning consultants, engineers and wildlife consultants to planning stage.

The site, located on the coast, is in between two areas of national scenic importance. The coast is famous for the variety migrating birds and resident populations of birds. Many of the migrating species are protected by European wild life protection laws because of their status. An area of the site also supports the largest colony of Naterjack toads in the country, a particular species which again has the highest protection given to it under the planning and environmental laws.

The design takes its form by creating a natural bowl in the landscape scooping out the sand to form a natural lochan which will promote the wildlife and create a focal point for the village. The buildings would be tucked into the hollow to shelter from the extreme costal environment to reduce the exposure and to contribute to a sustainable long term village community.