6 Affordable Houses, Duror

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Our client S+K MacDonald Ltd was invited to submit proposals for 6no affordable housing units on a Design and Build basis by The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust.

S+K MacDonald won the competition using designs prepared by Kearney Donald Partnership. Two of the houses were for the Housing Trust and the remaining four were for Lochaber Housing Association.

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The site was adjacent to the trunk road on the north side of the village of Duror. A listed church is the closest neighbouring property to the north with a large guesthouse to the south. Ground conditions were very poor, and the contractor and engineer did and cut a fill exercise using rock material won on site. The poor ground conditions suggested a simple rectangular floor plan would be the most economical.

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The houses conform to Housing for Varying Needs space standards. The houses are arranged as 2no pairs of semi-detached houses and 2no detached houses. The houses are accessed of an improved and upgraded existing access.

Externally the houses are finished in a simple pallet of materials and colours with all houses having a slate roof finish relating to the neighbouring listed church and the walls having a wet dash roughcast finish with smaller areas of feature timber cladding.

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