At the Rural Design Summit (2009) a design training exercise was carried out on a site at Birsay, Orkney. Whilst the site had already gained planning consent for eight houses, during the exercise, it was considered that further solutions could be investigated through a more detailed masterplanning exercise. Dualchas Building Design, who had participated at the Summit, was subsequently invited, by the Scottish Government, to participate in an additional workshop which involved planners, roads engineers and Councillors. The aim was to take a fresh approach towards the site and to (1) use it as a case study to consider alternative ideas (2) look at the design/cost implications, and (3) apply a B-plan technique to help develop the masterplans.
The Dualchas Building Design presentation into this study is available