Safe in the knowledge that design is secure

The Secured By Design award presentation in Lundin Links (picture by Mark Rodgers)
The Secured By Design award presentation in Lundin Links (picture by Mark Rodgers)

The Homelands Trust-Fife facility in Lundin Links, which officially opened just three months ago, has won a prestiogious award.

The charity’s premises have been approved for the UK Police award ‘Secured By Design’, which acknowledges crime prevention measures in the construction of homes and commercial premises, and promotes the use of security standards for a wide range of applications and products.

Architects combined “standards of physical security and well-tested principles of natural security and defensible space” in their creation.

Homelands Trust-Fife works to improve the quality of life of people affected by disability and debilitating illness through the provision of top-quality holiday accommodation and optional supportive day services.

The Lundin Links site has four luxurious accessible cottages and, alongside, the drop-in premises of the Paxton Centre, in memory of Isobel Paxton, who bequeathed her home and her land to the MS Society 20 years ago.

Dave Paton, development co-ordinator, said: “We’re very grateful to the people who helped us gain this award, including Les Smith and David Stephen of James F. Stephen Architects. It’s very reassuring that we have achieved that standard of security in the cottages and the Paxton Centre, and to know the architectural features have not been compromised at all.

“The design of the Homelands development is sleek and contemporary, it fits nicely into the woodland surrounding and has been described as ‘stunning’ by many.”