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JM Architects spearhead Glasgow estate rebuild

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January 30 2015

JM Architects spearhead Glasgow estate rebuild
JM Architects working in conjunction with Southside Housing Association have tabled plans to rebuild properties at St Andrew’s Crescent, Pollokshields, to form 49 new homes and flats.

This will entail the demolition of substandard existing stock for replacement with a series of ‘urban villas’ in a phased programme of works intended to reinstate the historic grain and scale of the Victorian suburb, taking their cue from 20 villas bulldozed in 1969 to make way for deck access blocks.

Varying in height from one to four storeys the new build elements will each vary in design but make consistent use of brick with north south connecting routes designed along shared streets principles. Each new block will be aligned to establish a common frontage.

In their design statement JM said: “Our philosophy towards housing is to give amenity to dwellings no matter where the dwelling happens to be located within the development.

“Ground floor flats have the benefit of some ground floor garden space.  First and second floors have the benefit of balcony spaces while some second and first floor flats have access to roof terraces.

“Beyond these dedicated spaces each flat has access to communal garden spaces, bicycle storage and refuse storage areas.”

Rankin Fraser are undertaking the landscaping strategy for the development, retaining existing mature trees and using planting to delineate public and private spaces.
Design diversity is being built in through the use of a 'kit of parts', allowing various elements to be configured differently
Design diversity is being built in through the use of a 'kit of parts', allowing various elements to be configured differently
The current application concerns phase one with later phasing to follow
The current application concerns phase one with later phasing to follow

4 Comments

Hingwy
#1 Posted by Hingwy on 30 Jan 2015 at 12:35 PM
It'll be a shame to see the existing flats go.
D to the R
#2 Posted by D to the R on 30 Jan 2015 at 13:08 PM
JM do good stuff so this will be sensitive and tactile ... Hope it looks like this at the end ... fingers crossed
Stephen
#3 Posted by Stephen on 30 Jan 2015 at 13:29 PM
I really like this! The villa type is suited to the area and has obviously come from that analysis.
One slight criticism would be that some other elements of the design seem a little generic and not quite specific enough to Glasgow or Pollockshields for my liking; very 'current' brick and string-course detail... Could be a WWM or Fielden Clegg building anywhere in the country, but then that's perhaps not the worst architectural company to be keeping!
Landscaping looks promising too (if ambitiously mature!).
Raeburn
#4 Posted by Raeburn on 2 Feb 2015 at 13:07 PM
That's cause there are a lot of retained mature trees; integral to the landscape proposal.

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