The town of Markinch features a rich variety of architectural styles that creates an impressive character. In addition to this, the spire of St Drostan’s Church dominates the surrounding and serves as a visual point of orientation and the diversity. Aim were commissioned by Lomond Homes to develop proposals for care home facilities in Markinch on the site of ‘The Glebe’, a low lying piece of agricultural ground bounded on three sides by domestic scale buildings. Proposals were developed which sought to retain the integrity of the site, whilst sensitively introducing the new proposal with minimal environmental and visual impact.
The resultant cloistered courtyard accommodation provides a safe, managed, and sheltered retreat, maintaining visual and pedestrian lines into and out of the courtyard, capturing important features of Markinch including St Drostan’s Church, the manse, and Markinch Hill.