Hubbard Court, Housing for the Future
ARCHITECTURE: Affordable Housing
South Ayrshire Council
Hubbard Court is a social housing scheme consisting of eleven one and two-bedroom flats designed to Housing for Varying Needs older and ambulant disabled standards, delivered for South Ayrshire Council with Hub South West, Ashleigh Scotland Ltd and Clancy Consulting.
It sits on Prestwick’s Main Street, in a highly prominent location, adjacent to Prestwick Cross and Boydfield gardens. It is a modestly sized but complex project, sensitively designed with the community as well as the end user in mind.
The proposals have been carefully designed to respond to the context and subtly reference two previously demolished historic buildings that were much loved by the town’s residents. The design maintains the established sense of familiarity of the streetscape.
The building occupies a similar footprint to that of the two historic buildings whilst accommodating three storeys within the massing of the former two storey building. The proposals consist of a simple palette of materials,
predominantly brick and fibre-cement slate roof and
cladding, as a direct response to the immediate context
and broader surrounding. and ensure longevity. Subtle references to elements from the former buildings include generously proportioned recessed windows and a corbelled element that protrudes above the eaves line that is reminiscent of the existing buildings decorative gable.
In addition, feature louvres, of matching colour to the brick,
frame and conceal the windows of the circulation staircase.