Muir Street, Hamilton
This development of 206 1, 2 & 3 bed apartments and townhouses, for Barratt Homes, on the site of the former Holycross School in Hamilton had already been subject to a unsuccessful planning application by previous Architects, when JAM Architects were appointed to the project. The large site located on the main route through Hamilton, and with views over Hamilton Racecourse, was of importance to South Lanarkshire Council given it’s predominant location. The proposed development takes the form of 5 apartment blocks and a centrally located public open space. The proposals were designed with 3 storey townhouses facing onto Muir Street, the main street through Hamilton, reflecting the form of the adjacent local vernacular housing. Large projecting glazed gables frame the townhouses and add an element of drama to the street elevation while providing focal points. The ground and first floor apartments take the form of 3 bed duplex units to provide a variety of accommodation typologies which are limited within the area. In addition these house types have the benefit of private gardens to the front and rear, which is intended to encourage the occupiers to take ownership of the areas and undertake their management, providing a more attractive and varied frontage to the development. The external appearance of the residential blocks have also been carefully considered to ensure that they reflect the variety of building styles within the surrounding area albeit in a contemporary manner. The grey brick and white render reflects the traditional grey stone and white painted homes on Muir Street while the aluminium standing seem roof picks up on the material palette of the adjacent car sales garages. The proposals were successfully granted planning permission in October 2011.