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Housing plan emerges for Whiteinch railway embankment

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February 13 2015

Housing plan emerges for Whiteinch railway embankment
Ian Darby partnership has submitted plans behalf of Sanctuary to build 48 homes on the site of a former railway embankment at Curle Street, Whiteinch.

Composed of two blocks recessed from South Street by an earth mound and planting the flatted scheme will be clad in a mixture of brown, buff, dark grey brick and reglit, enclosing private rear courtyards and an area of parking between.

In their design statement ID observed: “Views-maintain pleasant aspect from the existing housing blocks by providing large gardens to the north side of the flats, as well as a pleasant street with ‘street trees’ and benching.

“Topography screens the site acoustically and visually from South Street with a fence and earth berm.”

The land is being sold by Clydeport who have agreed to clear the site, which has become a focus for anti-social behaviour, as part of the sale terms.
Homes will meet Housing for Varying Needs Design criteria
Homes will meet Housing for Varying Needs Design criteria
The brownfield site has been left unmaintained since the closure of Whiteinch Station
The brownfield site has been left unmaintained since the closure of Whiteinch Station

5 Comments

Methilated Spirits
#1 Posted by Methilated Spirits on 13 Feb 2015 at 19:25 PM
The usual, sadly predictable, square facing brick blocks which will hopefully go out of fashion ASAP.
Charlie_
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 14 Feb 2015 at 10:33 AM
Speaking for myself I like the current fashion for simple, well proportioned brick builds.
think positive
#3 Posted by think positive on 18 Feb 2015 at 13:19 PM
With people like Methilated (Methylated? lean to spell) Spirits you can't really win. It seems like most people commenting on this site are looking for any excuse to criticize.
think negative
#4 Posted by think negative on 18 Feb 2015 at 14:40 PM
@ think positive. You scored an o.g. with the typo there 'lean'?! But you are right...seems all the comments here are to criticise and not even constructively...
Methilated Spirits
#5 Posted by Methilated Spirits on 19 Feb 2015 at 14:12 PM
OK, I suppose my comment was a bit curt, so I apologise, but I do normally try to give credit elsewhere where due. These square facing brick blocks, somewhat similar in shape to some 1960s white rendered council housing, are no more appropriate for the Scottish urban scene in terms of character. Very similar brick blocks have recently been built in the Laurieston area of the Gorbals to great acclaim from many architects. However, I have not heard any non-architect praising the appearance of the red facing-brick blocks particularly. They are quite 'monolithic' and are said to miss the opportunity to reflect something of the high-quality listed buildings which once stood on the site. Perhaps most telling is the fact that, as far as I can see, the Laurieston Living consortium which is currently marketing for sale adjacent housing, presumably in the same style, does not include any images of said housing. This is most unusual on a house marketing website and I'm wondering if they think that such images would put off prospective buyers? Certainly, most housing in this style is currently social rented and is likely to remain so. I thought we were trying to make housing more 'tenure blind'.

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