Posted on November 13, 2015
Tayport Community Hub
Collective Architecture are delighted to announce that plans have been submitted to Fife Council for a new community hub facility in Tayport. The proposed facility is designed to have light flexible spaces to cater for a range of uses including Sports, Arts, Business and Tourism. The building should offer something for everyone. It will create jobs, enhance health, attract visitors, foster sustainability, and bring renewed interest to this often forgotten corner of the North of Fife.
The site has a unique setting located at the southern edge of Tayport next to three Sites of Special Scientific Interest. In responding to the rich history of the site and the wider landscape setting, the proposal touches the landscape lightly, nestling in it’s surroundings, whilst gently reflecting the industrial past of the site.
Inspired by agricultural forms, the project consists of 2 pitched blocks with regular forms. The dual form massing and material selection reflect the internal organisation of the building. The benefits of maximising the pitched roof forms were recognised to create additional accommodation on an upper floor whilst keeping massing to a minimum.
Materials have been carefully selected to reflect and enhance the evocative and peaceful nature of the surrounding landscape. Vertical timber cladding envelopes the community and tourist strand of the building. The selected silvery grey Scottish Larch alludes to maturity and quality, whilst the silver corrugated roof enhances the tone of the timber and provides a solidity and stillness. In the larger sports block, uniform metal cladding has
been select to contrast with the Scottish Larch and make reference to the former steel work industry previously located on the site. Whilst contrasting with the earthiness of the adjacent block, the metal cladding will glisten when wet, reflecting dappled woodland light.
“Tayport Community Trust is really pleased to be working with Collective Architecture and their partners to develop a Community Hub in the town. This development has had a boost recently with the approval from Fife Council to begin the process of transferring ownership of the former Abertay Works site in Tayport to the Trust at a discounted price. This transfer, and the design and planning work by Collective, will enable a piece of land that has fallen into increasing state of dereliction over the last 20 years to be regenerated and developed over the next few years into a vibrant and sustainable resource for the local community and visitors to the area. Trustees are continuing to work closely with Collective to ensure that the first phase is affordable and sustainable whilst delivering what is needed for the local community.
This positive step is a huge milestone in a project that has been at the heart of local people for many years and represents the faithful diligence of trustees in continuing to move this forward. Now, with a planning application submitted, and some key funding milestones approaching, this project is the closest it has been to becoming a reality.
More information on the latest plans can be found at www.TayportCT.org.uk”