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June 20 2014

First tenants set for Laurieston homes
Tenants are expected to begin moving into the first phase of the £90m Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area this summer following completion of phase 1 work.

Located along Gorbals Street the finishing touches are currently being made to 201 homes for social rent, with landscaping and internal fit-out currently ongoing ahead of occupation.

The first element of a new city quarter, master planned by Urban Initiatives, occupies the southern portion of this master plan following its subsequent refinement by Page\Park. This has seen both Page\Park and Elder & Cannon to Stage D, comprising 121 and 80 units respectively.

It follows both practices appointment by New Gorbals Housing Association whose designs have been novated to the developer, Urban Union, who have been directly engaged with New Gorbals on a design and build contract.

Finished in a simple palette of three tone brick the scheme features timber balcony screens and chunky recesses and is designed to evoke the solidity and grid character of traditional Glasgow tenement districts.

Commenting on their handiwork via their own website Page\Park said: “...'Places, not edges' was the aim at the outset and the coming months will reveal how successful that has been; the first glimpse though, is encouraging.”

A subsequent phase 1B, constituting 108 further homes, is planned to go on site this autumn following additional master plan modifications introduced by RMJM - with aspirations to deliver private housing, retail, a hotel and community facilities in later phasing.


This article was amended on 1 July to reflect additional information received from New Gorbals Housing Association

Architects have striven to create a human scale for the area, far removed from the tower blocks which previously occupied the site
Architects have striven to create a human scale for the area, far removed from the tower blocks which previously occupied the site
Design standards are far higher than nearby Oatlands
Design standards are far higher than nearby Oatlands

Finishing touches are currently being made
Finishing touches are currently being made
Laurieston is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas identified in Glasgow
Laurieston is one of eight Transformational Regeneration Areas identified in Glasgow

The newly named Margaret Street forms the heart of the first phase
The newly named Margaret Street forms the heart of the first phase

7 Comments

SJF1988
#1 Posted by SJF1988 on 20 Jun 2014 at 11:30 AM
What an inspirational, creative and forward thinking scheme. Everyone must be congratulated for their work in creating a human scale 'tenement style' district. If only someone had provided these types of buildings in the Gorbals before now!!!!!
Alf
#2 Posted by Alf on 20 Jun 2014 at 12:07 PM
SJF1988 - perhaps this is part of a lesson learned? As long as they are maintained better than the towers that stood there befroehand.
Egbert
#3 Posted by Egbert on 20 Jun 2014 at 13:59 PM
Everything I've seen of this scheme has been really encouraging - elegant, rigorous buildings and a determinedly urban masterplan which together go a long way to reinstating proper density and sense of place to this raw and wounded part of the city. Hopefully this will serve as a model for stitching back together and re-growing Glasgow's other fractured inner districts.
Egbert
#4 Posted by Egbert on 20 Jun 2014 at 14:01 PM
Also - this really shows up the ongoing 'regeneration' of Oatlands for what it is - cheap, flimsy and completely devoid of the urban vitality offered here.
UrbanRealist
#5 Posted by UrbanRealist on 20 Jun 2014 at 15:34 PM
Sorry to disagree chaps, but from the photographs these look stale and monotonous...and dull. I don't feel there is any elegance. I like the scale and the use of the three tone brick, however these don't have any individuality or personality, I don't see any reference to tenenment detailing and the 'sticky-oot' balconies will resemble a laundry/bike store once occupied. Hardly elegant.
Art Vandelay
#6 Posted by Art Vandelay on 20 Jun 2014 at 21:33 PM
Aye, those pesky residents eh?
Charlie_
#7 Posted by Charlie_ on 21 Jun 2014 at 19:37 PM
Some inelegant signs of humanity will help make these much less 'stale'.

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