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Victoria Infirmary resuscitated with 413-home plan

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October 3 2017

Victoria Infirmary resuscitated with 413-home plan
Sanctuary Homes and Collective Architecture have drafted plans for the creation of 413 new homes at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary; including office space within the B-listed administration building and some retail.

Working in concert with structural engineer Harley Haddow and Brindley Associates as landscape architect the project will include a mix of refurbished and new build properties at the 3.75 acre site – 25% of which will be classed as affordable.

At the heart of the proposal sit the Battlefield Road Nightingale Pavilions, together with their distinctive corner towers and cupolas, all of which will be retained together with a gatehouse fronting Langside Road. As part of this process later additions in brick to two of these pavilions will be stripped back to allow new semi-circular balconies to be installed.

New additions will seek to ‘echo’ the pavilions while opening up new amenity space at their base; including a new public route bisecting the site.

In their design statement Collective observed: “The new buildings onto Battlefi eld Road respond to the Nightingale Pavilions. We developed a language of ‘lanterns’ that respond to the forms of the pavilions, to the towers and the cupolas at the gable end of each pavilion. The buildings that ‘book end’ the pavilions also have to respond to the special conditions of the corner on which they are located.

“The ‘lantern’ was fully explored in along Langside Road, to give a strong edge and a varied massing to the buildings that respond to the edge of Queen’s Park.

“The buildings at the centre of the site and onto Grange Road, respond to the local town centre and have developed a language of colonnades and layered facades give a more civic architectural response.”

A contemporary palette of materials has been selected for new build elements including a succession of ‘Park Pavilions’ fronting onto Queen’s Park. These will primarily consist of brick but include concrete-clad ground floor wall panels and columns as well as Tecu metal clad ‘lanterns’.

Each new block will be raised above an area dedicated to undercroft parking.
A 'family' of public spaces will be created between buildings
A 'family' of public spaces will be created between buildings
Many homes will enjoy views out across Queen's Park
Many homes will enjoy views out across Queen's Park

The proposed corner of Battlefield Road and Grange Road
The proposed corner of Battlefield Road and Grange Road

13 Comments

Delete your account
#1 Posted by Delete your account on 3 Oct 2017 at 14:37 PM
Please fire your headline writer.
Tom Cochrane
#2 Posted by Tom Cochrane on 3 Oct 2017 at 15:22 PM
Heartbreaking to see the Victoria estate demolished - a definitive place now replaced with buildings I can see at any other place.

Reusing the estate as it was would have been complex, costly and unattractive to developers. It is no longer Queen's Park / Langside. A disused hospital in desperate need of reimagining and development - it is anywhere and any place. Such a shame to have lost this place.
Iain
#3 Posted by Iain on 3 Oct 2017 at 16:24 PM
This looks great!
David
#4 Posted by David on 3 Oct 2017 at 17:23 PM
Would have like to have seen more of the historic site saved, however this is a really encouraging proposal. Decent height and massing, high quality materials, and the most important historical buildings retained. Looking forward to seeing it delivered!
Gringo
#5 Posted by Gringo on 3 Oct 2017 at 17:51 PM
Looks like one of Collective's 'poor' schemes to me. Some big biscuity bifter blocks hidden by trees.
Long sufferers of the noise
#6 Posted by Long sufferers of the noise on 3 Oct 2017 at 21:06 PM
Going to cut out all my light!
The new buildings proposed for the top of Battlefield Road are going to tower over the tenements above the shops directly accross the road. We will be overlooked by these 'new build' blocks - no consideration for the existing dwellers in the area. Not surprised. We will be moving out before it's completed. Good luck though to the new folks moving into the area.
Huey Emmerich
#7 Posted by Huey Emmerich on 3 Oct 2017 at 22:32 PM
That site plan is utterly ganting.
George
#8 Posted by George on 4 Oct 2017 at 06:48 AM
This looks a great proposal. Please don't go and value engineer the materials into the ground now.
boaby wan
#9 Posted by boaby wan on 4 Oct 2017 at 09:41 AM
two of my favourite ever quotes on one article "big biscuity bifter blocks" and "utterly ganting"
Hats off to you both, those can't be topped!
Phil S
#10 Posted by Phil S on 4 Oct 2017 at 11:00 AM
As an ex-resident of this area it very disappointing to see parts of the Vicky knocked down when they could've been converted. Also disappointing to see a complete lack of terraces on the new buildings
MV
#11 Posted by MV on 4 Oct 2017 at 11:27 AM
Looks good to me, Collective. This was always going to be a scheme that polarized opinion. Anywhere and any place.... some people just can't handle change.
juan de los angeles
#12 Posted by juan de los angeles on 4 Oct 2017 at 16:59 PM
A 'family' of public spaces will be created between buildings. Erm, more like a disfunctional family of public spaces. Remain to be convinced that the new amenity space will work.
dave the detailer
#13 Posted by dave the detailer on 7 Oct 2017 at 17:43 PM
It looks good. Keeping all blocks would have resulted in a poorer scheme so it's right that the best is saved. With amazing views over Queens park I think a few more stories could have been possible without detriment..

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