Hillcrest Housing Association and Servite Housing Association purchased the former George Morton’s Bond from a previous owner who had developed a masterplan for the site in conjunction with ourselves. The property, a former flax mill and more recently a bonded warehouse had lain derelict for a number of years. Severe dilapidation had occurred with some areas structurally unsound.
The site and the group of buildings situated upon it were considered to be of significance in an historic context. Some of the individual buildings were listed. However, one mill was structurally unsound and required to be demolished prior to construction phase. A second mill was considered impractical for economic redevelopment to housing. Following extensive consultation with both Historic Scotland and Angus Council the buildings to be retained were identified and a comprehensive assessment of the development brief crystallised the potential of the site and a total of ninety eight dwellings were designed, to be constructed in two phases.
Reuse of existing materials recovered from downtakings was given a high priority in the designs prepared for the site. Existing slate, stonework and stone flags have been incorporated into the works. This was considered by the design team to ensure the “fit” of the development into the existing urban fabric and to offer a sustainable solution to development which helped to preserve the historic character of the area.
The project won the Civic Award 2008 from the Montrose Society.