Hepburn Gardens

Detached contemporary home set in mature woodland in the heart of St. Andrews

  • Size/Scale
  • Location St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Client Mr & Mrs McLeod
  • Completion

Hepburn Gardens

This modern bespoke detached home was the result of a focused design process. The planning restrictions meant that careful design of the home and site were required, to reduce the impact on the local area and the site itself. This resulted in a house designed around the existing woodland, set within the contours of the land.

Design Concept

Designed to be low impact and set within the landscape, due to its proximity to a prominent listed building. The main living spaces are predominantly south facing and situated on the upper floor, giving excellent views through the trees and beyond.

Planning Application

An elongated planning process due to proximity of protected trees and listed buildings. The application was supported by Fife Council planners but unfortunately turned down at the planning committee by the local councillors. A subsequent appeal to the Scottish Government was successful.

Building Standards


Obstacles Overcome

Extremely challenging site due to tree protection issues and nearby listed buildings. A committed client and with the support of Neil Gray Planning Consultants and Rankin Fraser Landscape Architects, a planning permission was achieved.


Largely steel framed with timber infill panels. Clad in iroko and ashlar sandstone and infilled with low profile aluminium windows and doors.

Structural Engineer

McGregor McMahon & Associates Ltd

Main Contractor


Key Features

  • Bespoke contemporary home
  • Modern design, set within the landscape
  • Tree protection
  • Low-energy, low-carbon design
  • Open Plan Living