7N have been appointed by the Scotland's Rural University College (SRUC) to develop outline design proposals for a new Gateway building at Easter Howgate farm.
The building will primarily provide accommodation for Farm and Rural Business Services, the Environment and Design division, Farm Research and the existing farm operations at Easter Howgate. The proposals incorporate high quality shared facilities and spaces which will unlock the positive benefits of integrating research and consultancy disciplines and the opportunity to host external events and conferences.
The design approach seeks to root the new building in its site by forming a cluster of buildings that are sympathetic in scale and form with the rural steading which previously occupied the site. Re-using the remains of the stone steading maintain a connection with the site’s history, whilst contemporary, sustainable materials such as naturally weathering Scottish larch clad the new stuctures.