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April 28 2017

EMA Architects feel the love in Paisley
EMA Architects have secured planning consent to press ahead with a £17m social housing development in Paisley on behalf of Sanctuary and AS Homes.

Renfrewshire Council’s decision clears the way for work to begin on the Love Street build, which will include a range of terraced and semi-detached properties all of which will be built using timber frame construction.

A mix of homes for social rent and sale will be offered, all arranged on a grid layout and employing red brick to echo the industrial character of the town.

The site was previously used as a brickworks before playing host to St Mirren Football Club but had lain vacant since 2009 following the club’s departure for a new ground.

Work is now expected to get underway this summer for completion by summer 2019.
Approval clears the way for a summer start on-site
Approval clears the way for a summer start on-site

13 Comments

Matt
#1 Posted by Matt on 28 Apr 2017 at 11:34 AM
I am lost for words....
Ian Alexander
#2 Posted by Ian Alexander on 28 Apr 2017 at 15:13 PM
Re-using brownfield land is great....more social housing is also super....red brick to 'echo' the industrial past is ok. But were EMA architects 'forced' to come up with such depressing housing styles.
Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?
#3 Posted by Who needs reasons when you've got heroin? on 28 Apr 2017 at 17:23 PM
I've seen this before ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2302415/Imber-Ghost-town-abandoned-WWII-thats-used-military-training-Easter-weekend.html

Seriously though, developers will pay for this rubbish so long as our planners accept it.
Their lack of ambition or even understanding of something better is beyond contempt.

You can cite policy, but this should be framed by modern urban planning and design.
MPoohs
#4 Posted by MPoohs on 29 Apr 2017 at 10:47 AM
Go an' play down yer own end
Andrew Hepburn
#5 Posted by Andrew Hepburn on 29 Apr 2017 at 21:32 PM
Wow! Hitting the heights of mediocrity. In ten years time this will be as depressing as every other council approved 'scheme' in Scotland. Congratulations Renfrewshire Council for you lack of ambition and imagination. You must be proud.
Blonde Ambition
#6 Posted by Blonde Ambition on 2 May 2017 at 09:35 AM
Design Ambition is not something that Councils, Housing Associations or Private Sector Buyers have the cash for or are willing to pay for.

You can moan all you like in your own little echo chamber but this is the future.

like it or not
Jim
#7 Posted by Jim on 2 May 2017 at 11:15 AM
Why would the guy with the two weans want to move from Do-Architecture's Govanhill job? See http://www.do-architecture.co.uk/inglefield-street
nomoregrey
#8 Posted by nomoregrey on 2 May 2017 at 13:23 PM
@BlondeAmbition - fantastic attitude!!? Surely though, one doesn't need to have cash to have ambition. If all take the polemic you choose then nothing will ever improve
Blonde Ambition
#9 Posted by Blonde Ambition on 2 May 2017 at 13:34 PM
Yes you are correct you don't need to have cash to have ambition.

That said however if nobody is willing to pay for your ambition, then all you are left with is squat.

Auntie Nairn
#10 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 2 May 2017 at 14:28 PM
@nomoregrey - whilst everyone would agree that it doesn't take cash to have ambition (design or otherwise), it does take cash to properly fund a design team to the extent where than they can spend more than 5 minutes on the design.
Fighting the Good Fight
#11 Posted by Fighting the Good Fight on 2 May 2017 at 16:56 PM
@Auntie Nairn - Exactly! We should be commending EMA for producing such uninspired design as a principled stand against low fees.
Larkfield wanderer
#12 Posted by Larkfield wanderer on 2 May 2017 at 22:08 PM
#7 cos there's no lift to vandalise, open space with less dugs mess and its closer to the shops. Happy to help.
Dog Man
#13 Posted by Dog Man on 3 May 2017 at 11:59 AM
#7 it was also a long walk with the dog that day

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