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July 31 2013

GHA unwrap Duke Street housing scheme
Glasgow Housing Association have removed the scaffolding from their latest housing project, a 44 home development on a parcel of land bounded by Duke Street and High Street.

Delivered by Cruden and designed by Anderson Bell + Christie the £6m scheme will provide a mixture of two and three bed flats alongside two commercial units when it completes early in the New Year.

Three of the properties will be wheelchair accessible and all will be energy efficient with extra secure doors and windows.

The long standing gap site, formerly occupied by the Lampost bar, sits on the eastern fringe of the city centre, a fast developing area spurred by recent builds at Collegelands and Innovo.
The Duke Street corridor is slowly beginning to fill out
The Duke Street corridor is slowly beginning to fill out

11 Comments

Stef3d
#1 Posted by Stef3d on 31 Jul 2013 at 16:02 PM
I really liked this scheme when I walked past the other day, with the exception of the white steelwork at ground level. Is that the final finish? Looks unnecessary and ugly.
Ross
#2 Posted by Ross on 1 Aug 2013 at 10:51 AM
It will make such a difference to Duke Street if and when further schemes and plans are developed-such an unnecessary and wasted gap land between the merchant and Dennistoun. In addition, with so many tourists exploring that area for the Necropolis and Cathedral- it is quite unnerving walking through this semi-derelict part of the city.
Flappy
#3 Posted by Flappy on 1 Aug 2013 at 11:08 AM
I like this scheme: it serves an important function on two key road in the city's regeneration. As regards Duke Street, I'd love to see the Tennents brewery shifted so that some real urban density could return.
wonky
#4 Posted by wonky on 1 Aug 2013 at 11:38 AM
Same could be said of that grotty distillery down at the Gorbals- are these sort of structures suitable for urban areas?

Hate that Tennents factory.
rossco
#5 Posted by rossco on 1 Aug 2013 at 13:34 PM
There's no reason why a brewery like Tennent's can't exist in an urban area. Certainly, there could be some much greater thought to it's design and integration into the urban fabric. Our Victorian's ancester's were remarkably talented at designing industrial buildings in urban locations and we shouldn't resort to zoning such things to poorly accessible peripheral industrial estates.

Granted I'm not a fan of the factory as it stands but relocation is not the right idea. A dense and compact, multi-purpose city centre should be our goal.
Walt Disney
#6 Posted by Walt Disney on 1 Aug 2013 at 14:39 PM
Its an OK building - pretty much like everything at the athlete's village, i.e. fashionable and devoid of contextual reference. What a pity that we've abandoned the search for the modern tenement.
CADMonkey
#7 Posted by CADMonkey on 1 Aug 2013 at 15:08 PM
Rossco, not true. One good reason for not locating brewery's in urban areas is that they are potentially dangerous. For example the North British Distillery in Gorgie, Edinburgh has a (Control of a Major Accident Hazard) zone around it preventing residential development on adjacent land. A good reason to locate them outside urban areas it seems!
The Bairn
#8 Posted by The Bairn on 1 Aug 2013 at 17:20 PM
I concur with #1...
oops the S.E. really should have designed out the exposed steelwork...unless the architect thought is was a feature...not good and not clever on the front elevation of a development which is mediocre looking at best. Tenants might be happy enough... no pun intended!
wonky
#9 Posted by wonky on 1 Aug 2013 at 18:07 PM
I always think Copenhagen is a great example of modern Tenement variety- but I think this is a decent interpretation of the 'modern tenement'- as are those Govan ones with the Smarty coloured boxes or the New Gorbals.
To be fair I think there are decent examples in the city and no doubt the next few years will see a greater sample of them on show, with Laurieston, Sighthill and Maryhill Locks on the horizon.
Barry Docherty
#10 Posted by Barry Docherty on 2 Aug 2013 at 14:59 PM
Bang on Roscoe.
InTheDetail
#11 Posted by InTheDetail on 3 Aug 2013 at 10:48 AM
Jeezo......do you really think the white columns are going to be left exposed........of course they won't be!

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