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Tuesday29 July 2014

Malcolm Fraser triumphs in West Lothian housing competition

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Malcolm Fraser Architects has won a competition to a design sustainable housing scheme in West Lothian.

The architect beat a strong shortlist - including Elder & Cannon, Gareth Hoskins, HTA Architects and RMJM - in the contest run by the RIAS for developer Morston Assets.

The practice’s design for the site at Whitecross involve timber framed houses grouped around a sequence of courts and rows, linked by a main pedestrian spine running between a civic garden to the north of the site and a river woodland walk to the south, both part of a masterplan for the site by architect and urban designer Cadell2.

The Whitecross project has been selected as an exemplar project by the Scottish government, and the competition attracted a total of 41 entries.

Scotland’s culture minister Fiona Hyslop said: “The delivery of high-quality sustainable housing is at the heart of what this government wants for communities across Scotland. The design competition has illustrated the depth of design talent in Scotland, with the five shortlisted practices presenting bold and challenging architecture.”

• Further images of the submissions can be viewed on the RIAS website www.rias.org.uk

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  • Let's hope the houses aren't like those he did at the Expo...

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  • What can I say - Bravo!

    What a scheme! I mean, look at it - JUST.LOOK.AT.IT!

    I just want to sell up and move HERE!

    Bold, challenging, depth of design talent, innovative, visionary, there's no place like home....words fail me!

    What an EXEMPLAR for us all!!

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  • Mike Duriez

    He manages to revive some of the extravagence of 1960s UK social housing. Wow. The audacity. The style. Robert Slinger is right.

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  • One of the Expo houses won the public vote for favourite house on site. Built from sutainable materials (zinc, larch, natural insulation) and it seems these will be also.

    Presumably those being snide have read the competition brief and the judges' comments and appreciate what it was about and looked at the other shortlisted designs, then considered why this won?

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