Currently under construction at Gleneagles is Queens Crescent, a brand new housing development comprising 14 properties.
Each plot at Queens Crescent was valued at over and around £1 million and was sold by Gleneagles to fund their Ryder Cup campaign, aimed at the high end of the housing market.Many of the houses enjoy some stunning views across world renowned Queens Course at Gleneagles and beyond to Glendevon.
To date, Stephen Gardiner Construction Ltd has built two houses within the Queens Crescent development. The first house, Plot 12 had a build cost valued at £1.5 million (over and above the land value), carries a valuation in the region of £5-6 million and was completed in 2011. The second property and the subject of this award, Plot 5, had a build cost of £2.3 million, with a current market value of £6-7 million, and was completed at the end of 2012.
Renowned architectural practice James Denholm Partnership (JDP) designed both Plot 12 and Plot 5 at Queens Crescent.
Each of the properties were built using timber frame construction, with a Sto-render finish, natural locally sourced stone, slate roofs and high performance Scandinavian and German windows.
In addition the house at Plot 5 boasts an impressive wine cellar, 3 kitchen areas including a main kitchen, a working kitchen and an extensive utility room, all supplied by Siematic. State of the art mechanical and engineering components with intelligent heating and lighting systems as well as impressive media systems and controls were installed into the property.
Stephen Gardiner Construction Ltd MD (SGC Ltd), Stephen Gardiner, said:
“Queens Crescent is being built on an area of land that was formerly home to part of an archery area and old golf course. Planning permission was given to erect 14 high-end houses, creating a gated community and each plot was sold for around £1 million.
“Some of the plot owners have decided to construct the homes themselves, whilst others have looked to contractors such as SGC Ltd to build them. In terms of value, the properties at Queens Crescent are some of the most expensive houses in Scotland.
“The most recent house that we built at Queens Crescent covered an area of 10,000 sq ft and included eight bedrooms. For the first time on a project we used Dinesen flooring, which is wide board solid oak, perfect for this particular project. It looks fantastic in the large open areas, in particular below the impressive curved steel/glass stairway with individually handmade treads produced by SGC in the same oak finish.”
Both of the properties at Queens Crescent have been expertly landscaped to include grassed areas, trees and shrubs. Hard landscaping, exterior lighting and gates completed each property.
SGC Ltd’s work on Queens Crescent has certainly not gone unnoticed, with NHBC awarding site manager Gavin Cumming a Pride in the Job award for his work on Plot 5.
SGC Ltd Site Manager, Gavin Cumming, said:
“This award is a fantastic achievement and something which I am very proud of. As you can imagine this was an extremely complex build, and we conducted our work, as we always do, to the best of our ability and so it is very gratifying that we have received this recognition.”
“This award for Gavin is a fantastic achievement and something which SGC is very proud of. We see this award as recognition of Gavin’s management skills along with a real team effort which includes the architects Bob Gunn at JDP, Allen Mackie at Allen Gordon and Co Engineers and of course Richard and Angela, our clients.”
“We have been working with NHBC for the past 25 years, building many bespoke houses to suit the budget requirements of the customer, which are of a very high standard. I think this is the first time bespoke builds have had a dedicated award for a one-off development and this is great as it demonstrates that the NHBC isn’t just about volume builders.
“We have been fortunate enough to have been involved in some of the most prestigious new build properties in Scotland and we don’t take this for granted. These projects have helped us to build up a great reputation in the area and this is something which we are very proud of.”
What is most refreshing is that SGC appears to have a simple but unique mantra; they appear to recognise the significance of building someone’s home.
“Building a house is a tremendous privilege. We invest heavily in time, effort and management but more importantly in understanding the client’s needs.”
Moving forward Stephen Gardiner Construction Ltd has been fortunate in the current climate to have another couple of million pound plus projects in the pipeline along with their own development project in Auchterarder.
Established in 1988, Stephen Gardiner Construction Ltd specialise in the construction of individually designed houses to meet the specific needs of its clients. Based in Auchterarder, Perthshire, Stephen Gardiner Construction Ltd has built a fantastic array of properties over the past 25 years, including many houses in rural Perthshire.
Stephen Gardiner Construction Ltd provides clients with a full building package, taking them from the initial design through to completion. The company is also a corporate member of Scottish Building.
For more information on Stephen Gardiner Construction Ltd, please visit: www.stephengardiner.co.uk.