Loanfoot Paddock – Thankerton
Loanfoot Paddock, Thankerton, South Lanarkshire created four family homes with a focus on traditional aesthetics and sustainability. Inspiration for the storey and a half construction and dormered first floor windows was taken from existing village buildings (circa 1890 – 1908) and the traditional white render finish with contrasting window trims was selected to produce the desired aesthetic and modern cavity wall construction was used in place of traditional stone rubble construction.
The site, chosen for its central and picturesque rural village location, offers open outlooks within a friendly existing community. The homes themselves provide flexible and spacious living solutions equipped with high specification systems to provide properties that are sustainable and affordable.
The property interiors were designed through a collaborative process with the end user, providing them with a choice of finishes and fittings that allowed clients to create spaces that reflected their own taste and requirements – this included bespoke kitchen arrangements. This meant that their inclusion was worked into the process allowing more robust design and construction with a quality finish, that would increase longevity and minimise the need for remodelling.
The client’s aim was to produce affordable housing units that would minimise ongoing running and maintenance costs for the end user. Use of a traditional cavity wall construction with rendered modern concrete blockwork in place of more modern “kit build” systems was intended to provide the units with an extended life span compared to these emerging systems that are more susceptible to physical damage throughout their life. Steps were taken to offset the relatively slow construction of a traditional cavity wall method compared to modern kit systems through the use of prefabricated elements where possible. This allowed greater control over the quality and accuracy of the stairs, first floor slabs and roof structures while installation speeds were greatly increased.
The properties achieved sustainability both through lowered ongoing energy requirements, achieved through the utilisation of renewable sources to offset fossil fuel use, and a sustainable approach to drainage on site. The housing units achieved an EPC Band B Rating and Bronze Active Levels of sustainability through the use of biomass secondary heating as an alternative LCZ energy source and emissions that improve upon the Target Emissions Rate (TER) required by the Building Regulations by approximately 10%.
Due to the nature of BHC’s work, we have acquired extensive experience of dealing with tight urban site locations while minimising disruption to neighbouring properties whether they be residential or commercial and meeting the specific requirements of both.
All properties were provided with a 10-year new home warranty, the strict requirements for which were managed throughout by our team to ensure consistent standards in all aspects of construction.