TGP Landscape Architects

First phase of HALO Kilmarnock submitted for detailed planning

The first phase of the HALO regeneration plan in Kilmarnock has now been submitted to East Ayrshire Council for detailed planning permission following the recent approval of planning permission in principle for the development masterplan.

Located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, the HALO Kilmarnock is being shaped as a multifaceted brown-field regeneration that will create “an innovative, inspirational and imaginative urban park with a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter”.

Its low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network will address fuel costs on the site and have the capability of being extended to service other areas of the community – a first for the UK.

The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and key worker private rental accommodation.

A cornerstone of the development will be the HALO Enterprise & Innovation Hub which is a 55,000sq.ft, three-storey building comprising vibrant interior spaces that will accommodate a number of enterprising and collaborative organisations and forms Phase I of the overall development.

The steel and concrete structure will be clad in profiled curtain walling and spandrel panels working in harmony to create a light, contemporary appearance consistent with the distinctive HALO brand. The project also features a Virtual Reality Café and ancillary retail and merchandising. A lower ground level plant room houses the equipment for the deep-well District Heating Network; the first time this technology has been used in a mixed-use project in the UK.

Construction of the building is expected to complete in Autumn 2019.

Keppie are architects for the project, with Dougal Baillie providing civil / structural engineering services and Ramboll providing M&E services. Landscape design is by TGP.

Marie Macklin, founder of the HALO, said: “With outline planning consent secured, I’m thrilled that we are maintaining the momentum on this important project with our submission for detailed planning consent for the HALO Enterprise & Innovation Hub, which will form the beating heart of this development. This is a major milestone for the project and for Keppie and the rest of the design team and it’s a delight to be working with them.

Architects at BakerHicks begin full concept design for new Inverness prison

HMP Highland (front) (image courtesy of BakerHicks)Multi-disciplinary design and engineering company BakerHicks has started work on the full concept design for the new £70 million HMP Highland in Inverness.

The initial designs by BakerHicks, which were used to achieve Planning Permission in Principle, are now being developed by their design team to a point that the project can be tendered for construction.

The contract for the concept design, which includes the preparation of all ITT Documentation, was awarded to BakerHicks through the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) framework on a multi-discipline basis for Architectural, Civil & Structural, Mechanical & Electrical and Principal Designer Services.

The new prison includes a central Roundhouse as a focal point for visitors, the family centre and staff facilities, with the main building designed to reflect the river Ness. Using the long winding wave through the site means that, from eye level, the building can never be viewed in its entirety, making it less oppressive to pedestrians or prison visitors. The design is complemented by landscaped garden courtyards, which BakerHicks is partnering with TGP Landscape Architects on for landscape design services.

Laura James

Laura James

Laura James, head of Scotland at BakerHicks, said it is important that the best-in-class design also works well with the operational requirements of the prison.

Laura added: “We’re now taking our initial design and adding in detailed floor plans and internal layouts to the areas allocated on the Step One design.

“We’re working especially closely with the SPS team through a series of workshops to maximise the use of space and ensure the designs are appropriate for how the prison is managed and how it interacts with the local community.”

HMP Highland will serve the Highlands, Islands and Moray areas and hold up to 200 offenders in purposely designed accommodation units. It has double the size of the existing prison which it is intended to replace. It will be the first new prison in the Scottish Highlands for more than a century.

The project is being developed taking full consideration of the Highland Council’s Sustainable Design Guide which has been prepared to encourage agents, architects, builders and clients to opt for buildings that are designed to respond to the local landscape and climate. The SPS Three Step Process has been used, encompassing: Step One – Initial Concept and site investigation; Step Two – Planning Permission in Principle; and Step Three – Preparation of ITT Documentation. BakerHicks has been working with the commercial property firm Colliers International throughout.

BakerHicks has considerable experience in the prisoner and custodial sector, having previously completed projects for HMP Perth and the Young Offenders Institute at Polmont.

Plans unveiled to redevelop Kilmarnock town centre

Kilmarnock town centre TGPTGP Landscape Architects has drawn up plans to redevelop four key areas within Kilmarnock town centre.

Centred around the Foregate, Sandbed Street, an extension of the shopping area and John Finnie Street embankment, the designs have been created as part of the ‘Celebrate Kilmarnock’ town centre action plan, which complements the 2011 Integrated Urban Development Plan and builds upon the recent successes of Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

Residents are now being invited to view the proposals through a public engagement event at the Citizen’s Advice offices in Foregate Square, Kilmarnock from 2pm – 4.30pm on Saturday, 28 October.

This event will be held in tandem with consultation activity on proposals for improvements to the Kilmarnock Bus Station which will be led by Ayrshire Roads Alliance and Smith Findlay Architects. Commercial stakeholders will also be invited to have their say from 5pm – 6.30pm at the Citizen’s Advice offices on Wednesday, 15 November.

Councillor Jim Roberts said: “The town centre plays a multi-faceted role in the lives of Kilmarnock’s residents. Sitting at the heart of the community it provides a range of places and spaces for people to meet, live, work and enjoy.

“Consultants engaged by the council have produced a range of different proposals for improving these areas and it is important that we get the public’s views on these. We will be asking people to vote for the ones which they feel should be prioritised.

“In terms of the bus station, we see this project as one with immense potential to change not only the physical environment, but tackle the troubling social issues which have damaged the station’s reputation.

“Kilmarnock Bus Station has lost its sense of identity but we are confident that this project will rediscover and redefine its character and will deliver a revitalised public transport hub for residents, visitors and commuters alike.”