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Plans submitted for Inverurie sports complex

Proposals for a £15 million community sports complex in Inverurie have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.

The plans, which have been developed over a few years and have been the subject of wide consultation, will see the existing Garioch Sports Centre expand with an exciting range of indoor and outdoor programmes catering for all ages, interests and abilities.

Designed by Lippe Architects, new facilities planned for the 25-acre sports centre site include an all-weather stadium suitable for football and rugby and a second all-weather pitch, an enlarged gymnasium, fitness rooms, a kids barn, youth hub and also an early learning and childcare setting for up to 40 children.

It will also now include three new indoor tennis pitches, after Judy Murray, the mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie, was asked to get involved in the design process.

The complex will cost between £12-15 million and will be developed in phases, with various funding sources being pursued.

The sale of Inverurie Locos Harlaw Park will help finance some of the costs, with the Locos moving to a new home at the stadium where they will become a tenant of the Sports Trust.

Chairman of the Garioch Sports Trust, Gordon Booth, said: “This is a great way to start the year with an ambitious and exciting project for people of all ages and interests in Inverurie, the Garioch and across Aberdeenshire.

“Although sports and leisure opportunities will be central to what we do we will work closely with health practitioners to provide health improvement opportunities, particularly for those with cardio vascular and mobility problems.

“The introduction of indoor tennis to Aberdeenshire in a bespoke arena with the help and advice of Judy Murray is the icing on the cake.

“We are indebted to Inverurie Community Council for the support they have given us in the submission of the planning application.”

All images provided courtesy of Lippe Architects

Affordable housing plans lodged for former Aberdeenshire care home

Plans have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council to turn a former Inverurie care home into affordable housing, the Evening Express has reported.

The proposal would see the 37-bedroom former Blythewood Care Home in Port Elphinstone converted into flats.

A public consultation event is set to take place in the New Year, as well as a discussion at an Inverurie Community Council meeting.

The application was submitted by Lippe Architects and Planners.

Blythewood was first converted from a private residence into a care home in the early 1950s. However, it has been empty for two years after residents moved into the new £10 million Bennachie View facility.

Surplus to requirements, the building was put on the market by Aberdeenshire Council. It was agreed the building would be sold to Bill BT Ltd during a Garioch area committee meeting last year.

The sale required that if it was converted into housing, at least 50% of the homes built must fit affordable housing criteria.

Ideas to convert the building into affordable homes had been welcomed, with suggestions it would help to alleviate the 14,000 people currently on the Aberdeenshire Council house waiting list.

Councillor Neil Baillie, who represents Inverurie and District, encouraged members of the public to come along to the proposal meeting on February 19.

He said: “I would highly encourage the community to come along to the meeting to have their say.

“That site has been so closely linked with the Inverurie community for such a long time, I’d like to see as many people as possible voice their opinions and share their ideas for the new plans. It would be good to see it go to a valuable use and that is for the community to decide.”

Green light for new apartments at Dornoch golf hotel

Dornoch-OverallPlans have been approved for the construction of apartments and cottages within the grounds of Dornoch’s Royal Golf Hotel.

Working alongside Dornoch Development Ltd and Lippe Architects, Kirkwood Homes is to deliver two apartment blocks each housing twelve, two bedroom apartments as well as four affordable cottages.

The new flats will be for open market sale as opposed to a previous proposal on site, which involved a high degree of management by the hotel for their holiday use.

Dornoch-Overall 2There will be two blocks of three-storey apartments which will be modern in design with traditional stonework on the outside.

The two-bedroom apartments will be finished to high standards, complete with en-suite, bathroom, kitchen, utility and living/dining room area.

There will be another two blocks of two, semi-detached cottages on the site of a former tennis court across the road.

Dornoch-Overall 3Colin Crombie, managing director of Kirkwood Homes, said: “Dornoch is one of the most unique, beautiful and historic towns in Scotland and we have worked closely with the planning authority to ensure the development is of stunning quality to complement its surroundings.

“Last year we launched our first development in the Highland region and this application pays testament to our long-term commitment to this area as we continue to expand our offering across Scotland.”

Construction is due to start next month with the first completions expected in summer 2018.

Plans lodged for holiday apartments at Dornoch golf hotel

Dornoch-OverallNew plans have been submitted for 24 holiday apartments and four semi-detached cottages within the grounds of Dornoch’s Royal Golf Hotel.

Working alongside Kirkwood Homes and Dornoch Development LtdLippe Architects plans to deliver two apartment blocks each housing twelve, two bedroom apartments and four affordable cottages.

Dornoch-Overall 3Each apartment block has been positioned to maximize views across the surrounding landscape.

Lippe Architects stated: “The concept for the elevational treatment was to create a simple, yet elegant architectural solution to respond to the grand and historic nature of the Royal Golf Hotel, the site and the settlement of Dornoch. Getting the correct architectural proportions was essential to ensure the new buildings fit cohesively into the traditional style of the locale.

“Due to the fact the site is a natural extension of the existing residential settlement it is thought that the cottages and apartments will provide a further link between the Royal Golf Hotel and the town centre, supporting the natural environment, character of the conservation area and amenity of the properties in the area.”

Dornoch-Overall 2Should planning permission be granted by The Highland Council, construction is programmed to start Spring 2017.

Aberdeenshire garden centre plans lodged

Hillside garden centrePlans have been submitted to transform a derelict petrol station site between Aberdeen and Stonehaven into a garden centre, restaurant and shop.

Drumoak-based developer McDonald Properties wants to build on the old filling station off the A90 at Hillside, near Portlethen.

Hillside garden centre 2Planning permission in principle is being sought from Aberdeenshire Council for a two-storey garden centre complete with a restaurant and 96-car car park on the brownfield site in green belt land. The roof would be curved and covered with greenery.

The old petrol station has not been in operation for almost a decade.

Hillside garden centre 3A statement by Lippe Architects, on behalf of McDonald Properties, said: “The intention is to create an iconic building, set down from the road and utilising roof shapes and ‘green roofing’ to create a sympathetic development rather than a ‘shed’ similar to the industrial and retail area to the south. The proposed curved green roof will create an aesthetically pleasing profile that will blend into the existing visual landscape providing the existing residential properties on the other side of the A90 with a natural, green and pleasant outlook.

“The proposal for a new garden, restaurant and retail centre will result in the regeneration of the site, providing a contemporary and sustainable building designed in such a way to minimise any visual impact on its surroundings.

“In addition, the proposal will create construction jobs and employment once opened.”

William Lippe welcomes two new architects

William Lippe appointments

David Dalton and Katie McPate


William Lippe Architects Ltd has appointed two new members of staff to its growing team.

David Dalton and Katie McPate studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, at RGU, in Aberdeen and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture in 2005.

On completion of their architectural studies they moved to London. David worked for a medium sized practice who primarily focused on residential projects, gaining four years’ experience working on various developments including high-end, one off houses and high-density apartment block developments.

Katie worked at a small practice focused on high-end residential interiors, extensions and refurbishment projects mainly for private clients, and passed her Part III examination at the University of Westminster.

After four years’ living in London, David and Katie have decided to return to Aberdeen for the quieter life and both have joined the team at William Lippe Architects this month. David hopes to develop his experience with the view of sitting his Part III examination in the near future, while Katie is looking forward to working on a variety of new projects.

Fresh plans for Inverurie Loco Works

PickergIll House

PickergIll House

The developer behind the major transformation of Inverurie Loco Works has lodged revised plans to create a second hostel on the site.

Malcolm Allan Housebuilders first revealed plans to create two hostel-style accommodation blocks, mainly for offshore workers heading to or from a job, late last year.

But in February, councillors approved only one of the applications – effectively slashing the size of the development by more than 60 per cent – amid concerns about parking, traffic, loss of amenity and security.

Now the Press and Journal reports that the developer has scaled back its plans for the carriage building, and wants to 20 larger bedrooms instead of 37. Other changes include creating a manned reception area, instead of the key-card system previously put forward, a shared dining and lounge area.

The building, which has already been part-converted into 40 flats, will be accessed at the front of the building, and guests will have no access to the courtyard used by residents of the adjoining flats.

Dean House

Dean House

A supporting statement put together by William Lippe Architects says the plans were reduced in light of councillors’ concerns about the “high intensity of development” with no shared facilities, and so that it would be in “keeping” with the other developments on the site.

It adds: “This proposal offers a type of development and accommodation which is arguably in demand within Aberdeenshire and is located in an area which has a number of benefits in terms of accessibility and access to services and facilities.

“The reduction in the number of bedrooms and provision of supporting facilities will ensure there is no unreasonable impact on the surrounding residential amenity, reducing the intensity of development and eliminating the reasons for refusal of the previous application.”

The developers also point out that the approved 20-bedroom hostel, in the former canteen building, has been in operation since March 2 with no complaints.

They also say that income generated from the developments will go towards creating a permanent home for the Garioch Heritage Society within the same building.