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Final phase of Anderston master plan hits planning

July 10 2015

Final phase of Anderston master plan hits planning
Collective Architecture has submitted plans on behalf of Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association for the erection of 206 flats to complete the current master plan.

Comprising a mix of properties for social and mid-market rent as well as shared equity the scheme will front a busy junction on ST Vincent Street presently occupied by a 10-storey slab block and several smaller four storey blocks; all of which are currently being demolished.

These will be replaced by five blocks of double-fronted housing which will address both street elevations and gardens whilst restoring the lost Victorian street pattern.

In a statement the architects said: “Two six and seven storey brick buildings form a strong edge to the reinstated missing section of Argyle Street at the heart of the site. Two five storey buildings along St Vincent Street have sandstone elevations which reflect the existing tenements directly opposite.

“These are completed with a grey brick to the garden elevations, which is carried over to a further 4 storey block which addresses a second new pedestrian street.”

The current work follows on from Collective's delivery of 44 flats and five town houses last year.
Collective are working with artist Toby Paterson has been brought on board to produce a series of ‘integrated interventions’ within the new buildings and urban spaces
Collective are working with artist Toby Paterson has been brought on board to produce a series of ‘integrated interventions’ within the new buildings and urban spaces
Once complete the redeveloped estate will offer 500 new homes
Once complete the redeveloped estate will offer 500 new homes


#1 Posted by monkey9000 on 10 Jul 2015 at 21:12 PM
Excellent piece of urbanism with echoes of the old Meadowside Granary.
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 10 Jul 2015 at 21:44 PM
A reinstated argyle street framed by 7 story tenements designed by collective. Yes! The incongruously bucolic stuff around the edges and to the back. Mibbes aye, mibbes naw, leaning towards the latter.
#3 Posted by Rod on 11 Jul 2015 at 11:49 AM
What about the family of Hippos that were a feature of the old scheme
#4 Posted by n on 12 Jul 2015 at 11:12 AM
don't worry - the hippos will be getting a wee holiday and will be coming back to their new home once it is all completed!
#5 Posted by SP on 13 Jul 2015 at 12:30 PM
very nice, but I think not having ground floor commercial units along st vincent street is a missed opportunity.
#6 Posted by Stephen on 13 Jul 2015 at 14:20 PM
Can’t tell too much about the proposals from these images but they seem horribly over-scaled and lacking in subtlety. Brick boxes with portrait windows might be a fashion sweeping up from London but why is that relevant to Glasgow - City of red and blond sandstone? Where is the carefully articulated form, in the manner of the tenement bay? What is that big blue panel on the red brick building apart from that someone imposed it randomly on an elevation and thought it looked nice? What is the idea? Afraid I’m not sold on this at all. It could be anywhere.
Alarmed member of the public
#7 Posted by Alarmed member of the public on 13 Jul 2015 at 16:28 PM
Is that a buzzard chasing all those pigeons...?
#8 Posted by Phil on 13 Jul 2015 at 23:09 PM
Stephen, I think the blocks to St Vincent Street are clad in sand stone, although I agree it's a bit difficult to see from the image. My guess is that bay windows and sandstone throughout would be cost-prohibitive with social housing budgets, but I'm no expert.

From the images on here, I think this looks like a good project and will nicely complete the Anderston masterplan; good work and well done to the team at Collective!

Would be good to see an overall site plan and view from within the 're-connected' Argyle Street link?
#9 Posted by Roddy_ on 14 Jul 2015 at 00:57 AM
Sorry guys @ Collective - usually loving your work but this seems to have the iconography of low rise Projects in Manhattan.
#10 Posted by Billy on 14 Jul 2015 at 08:17 AM
I quite like that nod to manhattan look. So much better than what was there before.
#11 Posted by modernish on 14 Jul 2015 at 10:45 AM
This looks good and will be an interesting and positive addition to the area. One word of caution is the cheery blossom tree on the corner of St Vincent Street and Elliot Street...that must be one of the windiest corners in the city as the wind funnels between skypark and the tall block of flats opposite it. The blossom looks great on the renders but it'll be very lucky if it gets any time at all to set. Perhaps something with more year round interest such as silver birch would be better? Picky, I know, sorry.
#12 Posted by Stephen on 14 Jul 2015 at 11:02 AM
Fair arguments Phil. I'm not advocating sandstone and bay windows necessarily though, just that this particular scheme is sooo generic and sooo lacking in nuance that it feels (at first glance) very dumb to me. But again, we don’t have many images or drawings to go on. It also seems far to big. Far too much so for the Southern edge of Argyle St. At least they could set back the top to alleviate the overshadowing a little and introduce some sculptural quality. Looks like the HA's brief for areas was just stamped across the site and extruded. Not sure either why anyone (#1) might think Meadowside Granary would be an appropriate precedent for this site.
#13 Posted by IM on 14 Jul 2015 at 12:10 PM
Looks great!
#14 Posted by stan on 18 Jan 2016 at 19:37 PM
Looks good will there be enough parking for cars ?

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