Crinan Canal HousingProject Info
The site is located at the Southern end of Ardrishaig High Street, on the tapering piece of land alongside the embankment of the Crinan Canal.
The existing building was previously in use as a Public House, which had fallen into a serious state of disrepair with extensive rot and signs of instability in the external walls. We were approached to establish the feasibility of demolishing (in whole or part) the existing building and constructing a new residential or mixed-use block. The site strategy that was developed allowed for the demolition of the existing building down to first floor level and then the construction of a new building above, utilising the remaining foundations and parts of the ground floor enclosure where possible.
The proposal creates a landmark building that terminates the high street. A thick external wall, finished in white render, forms the street frontage and a tall gable-end; characteristic of the local argyll street-scape. The canal facade and the roof are wrapped in a metal shingle cladding with a series of platforms and balconies articulating the south west corner from which there are longer views over the canal and to Arran beyond. A bridge connects the upper level street to the first floor of the building, linking to a central staircase serving a series of flat or duplex units.