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November 4 2015

B-listed former Dalmarnock school to house 111 new homes
Jewitt & Wilkie Architects and Spectrum Properties have drawn up plans for the residential conversion and extension of the B-listed former Strathclyde Public School and nearby print works at Dalmarnock, Glasgow, which latterly served as the Strathclyde Business Centre.

Sharing a public square opposite the newly opened Clyde Smart Bridge the planned development marks the ongoing regeneration of the formerly industrial area driven by significant investment by Clyde Gateway.

Two new build blocks will be built on the outer edges of this site, ‘bookending’ the existing buildings and fronting areas of expanded public realm with cantilevered and inset balconies.

In their design statement the architects observed: “Whilst the new buildings will stand free from the others, the language and materials to be used will reflect those of the existing buildings to help it integrate and create a cohesive development.

“Concrete banding and grey/blue brick will reflect the old Print Works, with smooth concrete panels creating a new and modern termination to the site.

“Timber floor finishes and undersides of the balconies help to soften an otherwise industrial palate and also echo the panels within the new build element to the east of the site.”

A total of 111 homes will be provided across the development.
The concrete form of the eastern block apes the 1960s form of an existing print works
The concrete form of the eastern block apes the 1960s form of an existing print works

3 Comments

STW
#1 Posted by STW on 4 Nov 2015 at 12:23 PM
It looks a nice enough scheme but not sure about the location. It's located with good transport links but it's also traveller encampment and treatment works adjacent... could end selling as quickly as the athletes village units ;)
Charlie_
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 5 Nov 2015 at 18:43 PM
I'm just a simple minded layman here but would the language and materials not better reflect those of the existing buildings & help it integrate and create a cohesive development if they used.....red brick?
David
#3 Posted by David on 6 Nov 2015 at 11:54 AM
but Charlie, as the extract from the Design Statement says;

'the language and materials to be used will reflect those of the existing buildings to help it integrate and create a cohesive development'

Clearly, ahem!

Seriously, if you're going to proposed something that is contrasting in materials to the adjacent building, just come out and say 'it's contrasting in materials to the adjacent building'.

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