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Refurbishment commences on Partick homes

March 7 2012

Refurbishment commences on Partick homes
Partick Homes Ltd, a division of Partick Housing Association, have begun work on the refurbishment and reclad of a 1960s block at Fortrose Street, Partick.

Designed by Grant Murray Architects the £700k scheme will entail the recladding of existing flatted properties with zinc panels and render with upgrades to external balcony areas.

On site works are being carried out by Glasgow City Council’s in-house contractor, City Building LLP.

The nine storey slab block will retain its ground floor residents parking.
An existing brick skin will be replaced
An existing brick skin will be replaced


#1 Posted by SAndals on 7 Mar 2012 at 13:19 PM
Shame GMA haven't chosen/been allowed to retain the original schemes play of materials and colour to solid and void. An inferior architectural solution unfortunately.
Mr. Anonymous
#2 Posted by Mr. Anonymous on 7 Mar 2012 at 13:56 PM
Contrary to #1 I feel the project offers a welcome departure from some of other the unimaginative over-cladding schemes elsewhere in the city. The solution will undoubtedly breath new life into the existing tired façade.
Mr. Anonymous
#3 Posted by Mr. Anonymous on 7 Mar 2012 at 14:11 PM
#4 Posted by Ross on 8 Mar 2012 at 10:04 AM
I am afraid the phrase "polishing a turd" springs to mind.
#5 Posted by Chris on 8 Mar 2012 at 13:59 PM
True, but it's still miles better than happened to the Anderston blocks on St Vincent Street. Now that's horrific.
#6 Posted by wunderkind on 9 Mar 2012 at 13:08 PM
Am I alone in liking these buildings as they are? I think (as flatted blocks go) they are quite charming. I was devastated to see the anderston blocks overclad, and I can only imagine these being made worse by the same margin.
#7 Posted by david on 9 Mar 2012 at 14:10 PM
Wunderkind, it's more than likely they have had to be overclad to bring them up to decent thermal performance / reduce unaffordable heating bills. The only real way to do this is to reclad with an insulated system.

I completely agree that in the majority of cases, re-clads lose the charm and clarity of the original design. This example is no different.
#8 Posted by bertjan on 9 Mar 2012 at 14:28 PM
Yes, looking at the pictures, I rather like them the way they were.
#9 Posted by wunderkind on 9 Mar 2012 at 15:51 PM
@david, maybe, maybe not. However, tenements aren't overclad in railing systems - people just deal with their inadequacies in order to retain their exterior, so I don't see why this pretty good example of its era should be overclad either. Insulated plasterboard and blown cavity insulation I say!
#10 Posted by pinkywinky on 10 May 2012 at 08:35 AM
it's not £700k, it's a project worth over £2m.
#11 Posted by Observer on 10 May 2012 at 08:57 AM
I think the scheme will improve the general area and provides an interesting contrast between old and new.

I am not sure about the metal cladding which appears to be zinc as this seems like a current fad that could easily and more cheaply have been achieved with insulated render,likewise the cedar lining which I note at the Cooper Cromar designed building in Hillington has now been nicely stained.

As for the works there seems to be no lack of effort by the contractors ,I pass there regularly and I am impressed with the constant hub bub of activity.

I cant help think though it would be better as student flats rather than homes for our more senior citizens,just my 2 bob worth .
#12 Posted by westofscotccfan on 22 Jun 2012 at 09:30 AM
SAndals, I too have some comments, it is such a shame that the overall local architecture traits were not fears that the architect (sorry GMA) has been put under a spell, as so many modern architects are, by the power of manufactured building system catalogues...cap very much doffed to the contractor in assembling the jigsaw one must say. From my window it does seem to be coming together though so i do hope the residents are ready to enjoy their sharp new building.
#13 Posted by Observer on 9 Jan 2013 at 15:51 PM
Can we have a picture up now that it is finished?

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