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Consultations close for rare new build west end home

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July 4 2016

Consultations close for rare new build west end home
Anyone interested in passing comment on a new build home in the heart of Glasgow’s west end, have just one day left to register their views before a public consultation period concludes.

Drawn up by Cameronwebster and LCD Architecture the low slung property squeezes two floors into a sunken plot below a wild flower roof to avoid intrusion on the Glasgow West conservation area.

The family home is planned for a corner garden on the junction of Belmont Street and Doune Gardens and comes with a fraught planning history with numerous bids to develop the plot falling foul of planners.

In an effort to alleviate concerns the design team will seek to preserve the site as a ‘green gateway’, reinstating a stone boundary wall and railings in the process, together with retention of two mature trees.

In their design statement the practices said: “The scheme as presented has emerged from a comprehensive analysis and an understanding of the historical development of the site and the west end of Glasgow. The form of the house is clearly innovative in its proposed form, however, as a consequence of the design approach we have taken, we believe it represents an appropriate and sensitive addition to the site and it’s context.

“The proposed house does not seek to sit alongside the two listed buildings and compete with them; it’s design is completely deferential to their form and the established pattern of local development. The design of the sloping green roof, and the reinstatement of the site boundary to a historical condition seeks to ensure the green edge is preserved and their setting enhanced.”

Faced in large panel blonde ashlar sandstone with areas recessed from the street formed in black painted timber cladding boards.
A boundary wall and railings will be reinstated as part of the wprk
A boundary wall and railings will be reinstated as part of the wprk
Summer and winter shading implications for a neighbouring lane have been considered
Summer and winter shading implications for a neighbouring lane have been considered

5 Comments

Big Dawg
#1 Posted by Big Dawg on 5 Jul 2016 at 10:52 AM
A good solution to the site, it should get built but unfortunately planning policy along with a health contingent of West End NIMBY's will most likely stifle an interesting and architecturally appropriate proposal.
George Buchanan
#2 Posted by George Buchanan on 5 Jul 2016 at 12:35 PM
An elegant proposal, softened by the lovely landscaping - Matthew Benians Landscape Architects I believe.
Terra
#3 Posted by Terra on 6 Jul 2016 at 02:39 AM
Very interesting and unique addition to the area. However if they built this with anything other than high quality materials that fit the palette of the surroundings it could be a total disaster.
I think it's one of those ones; could turn out brilliant or be an eyesore, with no middle ground. For obvious reasons.
You want to be bold an make a statement? In an area like that? Then don't scrimp on details and quality. No expense spared will guarantee this as a very nice and eye-catching (for the right reasons) addition.
Start compromising and cutting costs and it will fail; miserably.
Newly Informed
#4 Posted by Newly Informed on 6 Jul 2016 at 08:27 AM
Top tips from Terra. Perhaps he should start a consultation service, offering advice on how best to deliver projects in sensitive areas. We need this kind of insight to save our cities from the blight of architects that want to scrimp on details and quality!
Terra
#5 Posted by Terra on 6 Jul 2016 at 10:38 AM
I'll assume that was a bit of sarcasm and point out that, to be fair, GCC has previous with not being as careful and discerning with sensitive developments. They seem to bend over backward to penny-pinch or accommodate the same from developers.
I think my point is a fair one, reasonably made.

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