Launch of £60m residential development 'sets custom build blueprint' for Scotland


The first phase of a luxury residential development in Ayrshire has been launched in a £60m joint venture project between housebuilder Cherish Homes and Rowallan Castle Estate.

Work has just started at the site within the 600 acre estate and will see serviced plots for 79 luxury custom designed homes, costing from around £400,000 to over £1m, brought to market.

At the moment, the first phase of 38 plots have been released for sale.

The development marks Cherish Homes’ first project in Scotland.

The company uses off-site modular construction methods which allow the homes to be delivered more quickly and efficiently than traditionally built houses.

It either develops its own sites or supports landowners in developing their land for serviced plot and custom build home sales.

Stuart Law, chief executive of Cherish Homes, said: “The UK has fallen behind other countries such as Sweden, Germany and Japan which have adopted custom build homes and advanced off-site manufacturing and modular construction techniques much more readily.

“Rowallan Castle Estate provides us with a prime site to showcase best-in-class modular homes which are truly energy efficient and we expect Rowallan Castle Estate to become the showpiece custom build serviced plot site in Scotland.”



Stuart Law, chief executive of Cherish Homes
Stuart Law, chief executive of Cherish Homes

The energy efficient builds are typically triple glazed, highly insulated and utilise mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems to achieve 100% airtightness.

Achieving up to a B Energy Rating , the eco homes offer significant savings on energy bills, especially if a ground source or air-source heat pump is installed to heat the home from the outside.

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Rowallan Castle is located in East Ayrshire and extends into parkland, ancient woodland and a golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie.

The estate lies just 20 miles south of Glasgow and is within reach of the Ayrshire coast and Prestwick Airport.

Law added: “We are seeing long-term changes in consumer behaviour, with more people than ever looking to the countryside for their next home, and a bespoke home office better suited to remote working.”

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