Our design for a new environmentally sensitive eco-therapy wellness park in Scotland has been submitted to East Ayrshire Council for planning. Designed for The Barony NP (UK) Ltd – a joint venture between National Pride UK and Intro Crowd - the 44-hectare masterplan transformsthe site of an ex-coal mine and includes 344 villas, a visitor centre and spa areas, alongside ecological sites that will generate produce and research from an ambitious re-wilding programme.
Led by Board Director Neil MacOmish, we have worked with a concept that embraces the challenging topography of the site. There is a substantial level change from the access road to the north down to Lugar Water, a famous river at the southern end of the site.
Guiding the design concept is a desire to convey a sense of place throughout. The design makes use of the ‘A’ frame of the previous colliery to convey the site’s original heritage, and to mark out a series of zones within the site and, notably, a processional arrival sequence. Continuing with this idea, the reception building will be articulated by a transitional, gabion basket stone wall that acts as the threshold between one world and another.