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November 13 2014

Govan regeneration continues with new infill housing
Mast Architects have drawn up plans for an 82 home development on the site of the former Hills trust Primary School, Govan, on behalf of Elderpark Housing Association.

Arranged around a shared surface car park properties will share a ‘simple aesthetic’ of twin facing brick types and concrete string courses – with the exception of a fifth storey of apartments which has been detailed as a copper mansard roof in an effort to minimise apparent height.

This block, built as a feature curve, forms a strong street edge to the north and west behind which lower scale two storey cottage blocks.

In a statement Mast said: “Whilst we wish to deliver a ‘feature’ block at the corner of Golspie Street and Harmony Row, we have sought to provide appropriate articulation to the main facades to avoid the block becoming too dominant in its immediate area. As the building turns the corner it steps back and down, providing a distinct break in the built form with prominent gables.

“However, as the block progresses toward the existing properties at Harmony Place, we have ensured that the gable at the end has been treated as a main elevation.”
A feature corner will reinstate the street edge
A feature corner will reinstate the street edge
Buff brickwork has been chosen for its robustness and finish
Buff brickwork has been chosen for its robustness and finish

Christopher Palmer Associates are landscape architects
Christopher Palmer Associates are landscape architects
Properties range from 1 bedroom cottage flats to 3 bedroom houses
Properties range from 1 bedroom cottage flats to 3 bedroom houses

4 Comments

Egbert
#1 Posted by Egbert on 13 Nov 2014 at 15:21 PM
The problem with this and other recent (otherwise laudable) infill/reconstruction schemes in Govan is the excessive distance between blocks and the unnecessary setbacks and indeterminate grassed space along main frontages. Together with the parking courts, broad junction radii and deep front gardens with on-plot driveways they undermine attempts to 'reinstate the street edge' and lend the area a suburban feel quite inappropriate for a once-dense inner-city neighbourhood and at odds with the surviving tenement fabric. These developments need to get denser, and bolder, if they are to stand any chance of recapturing the life and vitality of old Govan.
james
#2 Posted by james on 13 Nov 2014 at 15:53 PM
On a serious note: is this what austerity looks like? Or have they just dropped the neutron bomb? Bleak or what?
and on a lighter note: fast forward to image 5 of 5. The man gets out of his Audi and looks at his app on his mobile to find out where he is, only to discover that he's in the outskirts of Utrecht and its 1973! - Sorry, Mast.
D to the R
#3 Posted by D to the R on 13 Nov 2014 at 16:45 PM
Photoshopped E+C's Laurieston images? With smaller cheaper window openings ... and no facade modelling what so ever ?!
Robert Brown
#4 Posted by Robert Brown on 19 Feb 2015 at 19:32 PM
Not that impressed.

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