New build Police Area Command Head Quarters for the Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh Area, with an integrated Scottish Ambulance Service Facility.
The site at Blar Mhor, is close to the existing High School, a Medical Centre and next to a site now ear-marked for a future new hospital. An enabling works contract removed the existing peat layer and then utilised fill material from an adjacent borrow-pit to create a suitable platform for the build. The main construction works commenced in February 2013 and the building was handed over to the Client, Police Scotland, in January 2014.
The Design aimed to create an appropriate Police and Ambulance Facility that would suit the needs of the Client, was fit for purpose, aesthetically pleasing in terms of Design – in style, scale and materials, and would sit comfortably within its site and the local environment. The massing of the proposed building was broken down into accommodation blocks of different heights, depths, and orientation – effectively reducing the scale of the development, creating interest, additional features and attractive details within the design.
There is a landscaping belt of indigenous species – ground cover, trees and shrubs, with sections of rubble built stone walling to the front.
Energy efficient measures include natural ventilation, minimal lighting, heat reclaim on ventilation systems, zoning, the use of system controls linked to a BMS and air source heat pumps with under-floor heating.
Floor Area created 2254m²
(Photographs by Alison White Photography)