Telford Street Redevelopment
Lower Pulteneytown, Wick
Project Value: £1.4m
A challenging design and build project comprising the redevelopment of traditional stone buildings, and the construction of new infill blocks to create 16 houses and flats in Lower Pulteneytown’s Thomas Telford conservation area. The work involved the partial demolition of original stone buildings and the complete demolition of any modern extensions. A façade retention system was erected to maintain the two-storey streetscape external walls.
Throughout the works, our design team worked closely with Historic Scotland to ensure the completed design was appropriate for the location.
The specific selection of external finishes tells a story:
The orange masonry paint on the new infill sections replicates the colour of the old brickwork extensions that were demolished.
The indigo paint on the cladding replicates the colour of the original creosoted boarding. The cladding on the new infill blocks is painted light green to differentiate it from the original buildings.
The original retained structures all have the traditional Welsh slate roof covering, while the new infill blocks feature Caithness slate roofing.
The new rear extensions to original retained buildings are lightweight timber framed and lined structures with flat lead roof coverings.
Bricks projecting from one wall replicate the ends of timber joists that poked out through the original brickwork structures.
The stainless steel panels are decorated with an engine turned feature representing fish scales, notably herring – the famous Silver Darlings immortalised by local author Neil Gunn, and the foundation of the original Lower Pulteneytown economy.
Awards & Acknowledgements
The development was awarded a Mention in the Civic Trust Awards and was officially opened by Lesley Riddoch, the BBC radio presenter.