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January 12 2017

Glasgow gasworks gives ground to 140 homes
AS Homes have unveiled proposals for a residential development at the former Maxwell Road gasworks in East Pollokshields to deliver 140 affordable flats and houses.

George Buchanan Architects have taken the reins of the build which will occupy 8.3 acres of industrial land to the north east of the Victorian garden suburb.

Laid out as a series of homezones, courtyards and squares the development fronts Maxwell Road with a four storey flatted block to present an urban ‘face’ with a ‘crank’ at the principal entrance drawing traffic toward lower density homes to the interior.

In their design statement the architects said: “Active frontages are provided to all publicly accessible areas. These elevations have been designed with elements to enrich the frontage and create features of visual interest, such as a regular rhythm of openings, linked openings and brick detailing.

“A buff multi facing brick will be used throughout the development as the main material, tying all blocks and landscaping together.  A darker, grey facing brick will be utilised in small, key locations such as recesses defining terraced units and at entrances to flatted blocks.

“Texture and richness is added via the use of brick ribbed detailing on key elevations.”

Landscaped public open space will be offered throughout with each house given its own private back garden and flat residents sharing communal outdoor spaces.
Facades will be given feature patterns and ribbed brickwork
Facades will be given feature patterns and ribbed brickwork
Lower density terraces and houses will sit beind a protective frontage
Lower density terraces and houses will sit beind a protective frontage

6 Comments

eric brown
#1 Posted by eric brown on 12 Jan 2017 at 19:05 PM
What a lacklustre and boring development!
tigerbrown
#2 Posted by tigerbrown on 12 Jan 2017 at 20:35 PM
Snore. Like omg, soooooo 80's.
Mick
#3 Posted by Mick on 12 Jan 2017 at 21:24 PM
Really poverty of the imagination aplenty on display here. Just stop it now and raise your game please.
Graeme McCormick
#4 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 13 Jan 2017 at 00:30 AM
Where is Hundertwasser when you need him?
The Flâneur
#5 Posted by The Flâneur on 13 Jan 2017 at 12:04 PM
You are correct Graeme - a little bit of Hundertwasser would not go amiss.

Interestingly, Pollokshields Community Council got Collective Architects and Dress for the Weather to draw up a ten point design code to help improve the design quality of new developments in this area as part of the Make Your Mark Charrette in February last year. As no one wants another repeat of the 2009 carbuncle award for the Plaza Ballroom (it is a five minute walk away) the ongoing aim is to get the design code adopted as supplementary planning guidance by Glasgow City Council.

One of the ten points in the design code notes that:

“Entrances to all new tenements should be celebrated. This code recognises ornament as important to the architecture and identity of the new buildings but it should be subservient to the buildings in scale, subtly and sparingly applied and should be focused on building entrances. A contemporary approach to ornament is welcomed particular one which takes its cue from the local context for instance a creative interpretation of East Pollokshields’ tiled wally closes or ornamental wrought ironwork railings.”

So the locals get that this matters...
Sue Pearman
#6 Posted by Sue Pearman on 17 Jan 2017 at 14:35 PM
Jeezo, this is everything that's wrong with odern 'housing' in one proposal. Completely incoherent plan and low quality design for a suburban scheme directly adjacent some of Glasgow's best urban tenements. Really, what a shame.

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