The building is adjacent to the St Andrews Links Golf Academy in which Hardies were also involved when it was originally constructed.
Hardies were Quantity Surveyors and CDM Co-ordinators for the building. The brief provided by the Links Trust was to construct a commercial centre where the Trust could effectively amalgamate its retail, storage and mail order requirements into one large eco friendly, building. The building also had to include space for a demonstration area where suppliers products could be adequately displayed. Finally the completed building required to have an attractive design which blended into the existing landscape of the area.
The striking timber structure with Glulam timber beams has a distinctive barrel shaped roof which has been covered with Sedum which changes colour throughout the seasons. The building is naturally ventilated and has an air source heat pump to provide heating and hot water.
Said Danny Campbell, Commerical Director at the Links: “When we started this project our main ambition was to match groundbreaking design with green credentials. Those ambitions have now been realised, and in The Morris Building we are proud to have an extremely attractive and comfortable working environment together with excellent storage facilities, all delivered within an ecologically sound package. “
He added: “The building has instantly won admirers for its natural beauty and as the natural materials weather we believe it will continue to blend into the living landscape becoming an integral part of the Links, both aesthetically and from a practical perspective.”
Said Gary Ovenstone, one of the Partners in Hardies St Andrews office who was also the Project Surveyor for The Morris Building, “This has been a very exciting local project for us. It’s been a pleasure to work on such an eye catching building which is also highly practical and has a number of bespoke features. We are delighted that the building meets the Links Trust’s requirements.”