Fire-damaged Queens Park care home to be turned into flats
September 16 2022
An abandoned care home in Glasgow's Queens Park area is to be reborn as 18 car-free apartments under plans prepared by Belle Unique.
Having lain vacant since 2013 the fire-damaged property at 52 Queen Mary Avenue is to be converted to form a mix of one to three-bedroom apartments with 337sq/m of outdoor amenity space, including a play area.
Unifying the original stone-built private home with a later 1970s extension the work will see a new glass gable detail incorporated at both ends along with a streamlined roof to establish a 'common language' after demolition was ruled out on economic and environmental grounds.
Later additions will be finished in pewter grey render under composite slate-effect tiles with smoked glass to all balustrades and balconies.
Outlining the planned changes Belle Unique wrote: "The existing redundant lift shaft to the front of the building will be demolished as it is not in use and doe not serve all floors. This will allow for the softening of the front elevation by allowing feature glass gable windows to be installed on both ends of the front elevation to create a common language linking the existing sandstone building and the extension for a coherent and more appealing front facade."
Lower ground floor flats incorporate external private terraces to the front with an internal courtyard planted with a feature tree visible from an access walkway.
Yes. No dispute about the wider politics of buildings, ownership and the lobbying weight of developers. I’d much rather see community owned and run , well designed housing and provision for the majority of people any day of the week. No argument either with the disgrace of running down building stock and land grabbing by greedy speculators. I merely wanted to comment on the architectural merit of a building which was in danger of getting ripped down and replaced with some second rate design which we see all too often blighting the city
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