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First Laurieston homes unwrapped

January 28 2014

First Laurieston homes unwrapped
The first new homes to be delivered under a £90m of redevelopment of Glasgow’s Laurieston district since work began on the site 18 months ago have been unwrapped.

The Laurieston master plan is now a Stallan-Brand project with Page\Park and Elder & Cannon collaborating on one third of the first phase. When complete the development will offer 201 affordable homes together with a range of private housing, retail, a hotel and community facilities.

Financed byNew Gorbals Housing Association, Urban Union and Glasgow City Council the project will re-connect the area with Crown Street, Tradeston and established residential areas to the south with a series of blocks finished in a simple palette of red and black brickwork

The first tenants will take up residence this summer with full completion pencilled in for 2016.
The last remaining tenement in the area will be converted for use by creative start-ups
The last remaining tenement in the area will be converted for use by creative start-ups
The New Gorbals scheme is centred on Cumberland Street
The New Gorbals scheme is centred on Cumberland Street


#1 Posted by alf on 28 Jan 2014 at 16:05 PM
Looks OK, but there is a section of timber cladding on the bottom corner flat that runs horizontal rather then vertical (as per the others), which looks a bit odd.
#2 Posted by Wonky on 28 Jan 2014 at 16:20 PM
This is a vital development for connecting the city with the outlying areas such as Victoria Rd- Pollockshaw's Rd. The densification of Crown Street, Bridge/Eglinton St & Gorbals street as urban corridors is essential for the regeneration of the city. At present the approach from these streets as well as London Rd among others doesn't feel like we're entering one of Europe's great cities- this is a step in the right direction.
It will also attract people back into the urban core.
I would like to see something done with Thomson's Caledonia St Church and the awful junction at the Brazen Head- what's the point of falling short & allowing pockets of decay to spoil the positive work? There also has to be a case made for the reopening of the Cumberland Street train station.
If everything is done right then Glasgow could have an urban quarter to rival anything anywhere else in other major European cities. Gallowgate-Calton, Tradeston, Townhead & Anderston have great potential as well. We'll see how the TRA's do.
Nevertheless this is great to see.
#3 Posted by alf on 28 Jan 2014 at 16:34 PM
Wonky, I understand what you are saying but you can only make the case for regenerating areas/train stations if they are commercially viable.
Art Vandelay
#4 Posted by Art Vandelay on 28 Jan 2014 at 22:38 PM
You'd hope that after a few years of occupancy, and the results of further regeneration work in the area, there will be a sufficient mass of people that new transport links will be considered.

That said, a bit of speculative consideration of the transport links in the area (you've got the bus, and that's it, although Bridge St underground isn't a hundred miles away) may go a long way - Glasgow sadly has a fairly poor tradition of 'retrofitting' such networks into the existing urban fabric.
#5 Posted by brian on 31 Jan 2014 at 12:27 PM
Yes the City union line is a no brainer for Cumberland st to be reopened .after all the line is a working line at the moment.Great potential for tram/train use.Any city would die or this infrastructure especially at low cost to get it in use to passengers.

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