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October 27 2015

Plans submitted for second wave of Laurieston homes
Anderson Bell + Christie Architects have submitted plans for the delivery of a second phase of 148 flats and town houses around a linear park at Laurieston, Glasgow, on behalf of Urban Union.

Incorporating a hotel, shops, offices, cafes and student accommodation the master plan aims to maximise the number of active frontages with prominent gables fenestrated to avoid blank walls facing the street.

Making only minor amendments to an existing RMJM master plan the proposal entails creation of three perimeter blocks wrapped around semi-private common greens, following the template laid down in phase one.

In their design statement the architects noted: “Following analysis of the master plan and exploration of potential alternative layouts, the proposed site layout is based on small tweaks to the original masterplan rather than more extensive reworking of the development site. One of the main reasons for this decision is that the current layout maximises density, incorporates good levels of semi-private green space and minimises the extent of roadway required to facilitate the layout.”
Tenemental scale flatted blocks will circle lower density town houses
Tenemental scale flatted blocks will circle lower density town houses
The new proposals sit largely within the template set by the existing master plan
The new proposals sit largely within the template set by the existing master plan

5 Comments

Stephen
#1 Posted by Stephen on 27 Oct 2015 at 14:19 PM
Afraid I'm not keen on that at all. The tall columns on the buff building seem inappropriate on a domestic building and very odd over 3 storeys. The red brick blocks too look clumsy with a very heavy top and no finesse to the block. Earlier phases were decent, if generic (following a UK wide fashion for brick blocks with portrait windows), but this seems to have taken a lead from those schemes without having any of the (quite limited) nuance or subtlety in massing. Very bad renders as well but the landscaping looks destined to be un-used with acres of nothing in particular. Couldn't they at least throw some decent trees at it!
this can be rescued but needs a lot of work in my opinion.
Is any retail, office or light industry proposed for any of these developments?
Desptie the above, it's good to see something happening on this hinterland. A great opportunity.
Stephen
#2 Posted by Stephen on 27 Oct 2015 at 14:28 PM
@ myself:
Obviously mixed use is proposed. You should learn to read...
Yaldy
#3 Posted by Yaldy on 27 Oct 2015 at 15:35 PM
I think this is worse than the previous development ...

http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/4868/First_tenants_set_for_Laurieston_homes.html

... but I still like it
Yaldy
#4 Posted by Yaldy on 27 Oct 2015 at 17:24 PM
I think this is worse than the previous development ...

http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/4868/First_tenants_set_for_Laurieston_homes.html

... but I still like it
Charlie_
#5 Posted by Charlie_ on 28 Oct 2015 at 08:20 AM
Squaring the townhouses off into city blocks is a welcome amendment from the original masterplan; hopefully a decision to break up the superblock at gorbals cross follows!

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