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Govan rejuvenation continues apace with Dunsmuir Street completion

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March 26 2013

Govan rejuvenation continues apace with Dunsmuir Street completion
Anderson Bell Christie has completed work on the first phase of a £6m residential scheme for Govan Housing Association at Dunsmuir Street, Govan.

Situated on the site of a former school the homes sit at the centre of a triangle formed by Ibrox stadium, Govan town centre and the science Centre the scheme incorporates a mixture of tenement flats, town houses and cottage flats.

Using a simple palette of brickwork the development provides 65 homes, including flats and semis, with a subsequent phase planned to deliver a further 74 flats  including a mixture of properties for sale and rent as well as low cost housing the development is intended to repair the strong street frontages which have traditionally defined the area.

In a statement Anderson Bell Christie said: "The site is important as it links disparate groups of development to patch the urban fabric and bind these dwellings into a community. The scheme has been designed to reinforce scale, massing, building lines and materiality.

"The sawtooth design of the town houses on Dunsmuir Street draws upon the strong rhythms created by the bays of the tenement block on Southcroft Street. This pattern also allows each town house to be identified in the block whilst orientating rooms to the south.

"Clear definitions have been set out between public and private space, and considerable care was taken to ensure that ownership was visible and tangible. The site does not create new roads, however all existing footpaths were retained and renewed where required."

The scheme has been designed to attain an Ecohomes Very Good rating and form part of ongoing efforts to regenerate Govan following Do Architecture’s Golspie Street, Austin-Smith:Lord's Pearce Street and Collective Architecture's Govan Gateway.

Photography by Tom Manley
 Construction of the nearby Southern General Hospital is having a positive knock-on effect on the area
Construction of the nearby Southern General Hospital is having a positive knock-on effect on the area
 This is the second phase of development on the site of the former St Saviour's Primary School
This is the second phase of development on the site of the former St Saviour's Primary School

A materials palette of brick and metal has been employed
A materials palette of brick and metal has been employed

4 Comments

"El"
#1 Posted by "El" on 26 Mar 2013 at 16:26 PM
Eh..........
Bet it looked better on CAD.
Saw tooth is pretty interesting though.
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 26 Mar 2013 at 17:05 PM
Did this not complete last year? The buildings look good but the on-plot parking in front of the town houses results in deep suburban-style set-backs and frontages dominated by driveways - really undermines the urban potential of the 'strong street frontages' they talk about.
Rob
#3 Posted by Rob on 26 Mar 2013 at 20:44 PM
I think the poor quality of the brickwork from the contractor really lets down what its a neat wee design from ABC
Barbara
#4 Posted by Barbara on 27 Mar 2013 at 15:15 PM
I like it. I like the aesthic finish, facade scaling and clean simple detailing. The overall aesthic of the ABC scheme here looks really good.

I do have to agree with Egbert regarding the urban potential, though this could possibly be planning issues/requirements with car parking etc however still a great project.

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