The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 18 December 2010

ARPL Architects Ltd recognised in Annual Roses Design Awards

Ayr-based ARPL Architects have triumphed in the Annual Roses Design Awards for 2010. Given to recognise the best design projects in architecture and design in the UK, the Roses Awards are one of the most prestigious design awards in the country.


ARPL Architects were given the highest award in the Affordable Housing category for their new housing project at Kingcase Church, Prestwick. Built for Ayrshire Housing, the project provides four houses and six flats for rent on a constrained site behind the church.

The project was carried out as a partnership with Kingcase Church who added a new extension and upgrade to their church halls alongside the housing.

The houses and flats are carefully designed to give life long flexibility in use allowing residents to remain in their own homes even if their housing needs change through disability. The buildings employ an innovative form of tile cladding on the external walls to give a striking coloured look to the project. The tile cladding, insulation levels and heat gains from the sun ensure the new homes are highly sustainable keeping residents fuel bills to a minimum.

The design award continues the regular recognition given to ARPL Architects for their design work and environmental projects.

The Kingcase project can be seen on the ARPL website at:

ARPL Architects Ltd

The directors of ARPL Architects Ltd are Patrick Lorimer, Robert Gilliland, Gordon Fleming, and Rebecca Cadie with John Ramsay, Stewart Glendinning and Kenneth Handley as associates.

The ARPL philosophy is to produce buildings to the highest design standards in close consultation with its clients. Designs are innovative and sympathetic to both the immediate and the broader environment in which they are constructed, with an emphasis on sustainability. Each project embraces the unique nature of the client’s needs and the site.

Over the 36 years since Patrick Lorimer established the original practice, ARPL’s status in the profession has grown steadily in line with its position as a medium-sized practice with a reputation for well executed projects. From its base in Ayr the practice carries out projects over a wide geographical area from the Orkneys and the Western Isles to Ireland.

The firm’s project experience covers the fields of housing, churches, schools, commercial projects, private houses, community and arts buildings. Particular expertise has been developed in contemporary sustainable design, specialist conservation works and design for historically sensitive environments.

ARPL’s work has received wide recognition through numerous design and environmental awards presented over the years for its new build and conservation works. Regular success in design competitions adds to the practice portfolio.

ARPL are currently working on new and refurbishment housing for Lochside, Ayr, several church and castle conservation and restoration projects and new community facilities in the South West of Scotland. Appointments for church commissions involve a range of denominations and projects from conservation and repair to extensions and new build. The firm is also involved in country houses and estates and the design of new houses for private owners.

The practice typically handles projects with construction values ranging from £100k through to £15m.

ARPL directors have managed to keep their business stable during the current difficult times, and have a busy current workload.

ARPL Architects Ltd is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


ARPL Architects Ltd
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Patrick Lorimer
Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896



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