station road


The site is located within the existing settlement of Dunbar, north of the main East Coast railway line. The historic core of Dunbar, out with the dense tenement form of the High Street, is defined by buildings of varying scales in close proximity to each other. The juxtaposition of these buildings is sometimes seemingly random, but what ties them together is their function in defining the streets and lanes that they contain.

The design for station road reflects this historic precedence by creating simple, traditional building forms that broadly reflect the Dunbar vernacular in terms of their materials, proportion and fenestration. These building forms are then juxtaposed to define the lane at the entrance to the site, the central common green, and the lane to the rear. Space to the front of the buildings is generally minimised and the public realm is defined by walls between the buildings and hedges between the street or lane and the private front garden of the houses.

The streets within the new neighbourhood are conceived as pedestrian-focused shared surface lanes, reflecting as much as possible the back lanes of Dunbar’s historic core.


client :

Dundas Estates

location :

Dunbar, East Lothian



timeline :

2013 - 2017

awards :

Private development of the year (small) - Homes for Scotland 2018