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Work begins on £5.3m Kelvindale housing project

July 15 2016

Work begins on £5.3m Kelvindale housing project
Cube Housing Association and Mast Architects have moved on site with a development of 52 homes for social rent within the west end of Glasgow at Kelvindale Place.

Broken down into three distinct builds the scheme will include one ‘amenity’ block tailored to older residents, complete with wet rooms, easy access wall sockets and communal social spaces.

Transforming Communities Glasgow chair councillor George Redmond, commented: “The range of homes on offer here is a perfect example of what the council and our partners are trying to achieve in Glasgow, by making different house and flat types available to individuals and families who will need different types of homes at different stages of their lives. What they need most of all are high-quality homes, and that is very much what they will get here. I look forward to the completion of these homes.”

Cruden have been contracted to deliver the new homes with completion expected by 2017, replacing a number of dilapidated interwar tenements which have now been cleared.
A 'layered' approach to the facades has been taken to impart depth
A 'layered' approach to the facades has been taken to impart depth
Communal interaction will be encouraged
Communal interaction will be encouraged


ewan sime
#1 Posted by ewan sime on 16 Jul 2016 at 12:33 PM
There were about 50 flats on this site that were in good order with well maintained gardens in the first place, they needed a little sprucing up, but no major work required. The council didn`t resurface the street for years which made the place look shabby and for George Redmond to say they were "dilapidated" is a joke you deliberately ran that area down so you could clear it! I don`t understand why we keep bulldozing sites that need a wee bit of money and love spent to bring them back to good use when it costs far more to clear sites like this then re-build the same amount of houses (or less) that were there in the first place. Glasgow has swathes of land that was cleared decades ago yet remains unoccupied. Why are we not building on them or relining our main thoroughfares and filling in the gap sites? Should have retained and sorted out the flats that were there and built these ones on one of the many gap sites that litter the city.
Bambi's mother
#2 Posted by Bambi's mother on 16 Jul 2016 at 19:02 PM
Image 1 scenario:
- but Daddy, do we really have to live here?
- Yes darling, deck access and balconies are all the pure rage.
- but Daddy, haven't we been demolishing this kind of housing over the last twenty years?
- Ah but that was then darling and this is now. Can't you see they're all shiny?
#3 Posted by Terra on 17 Jul 2016 at 04:19 AM
Wow. Those renders really don't pull any punches do they?
I take it 2016 is the Year of Terrible Renders. Saying that, the lack of detail no doubt reflects the development as it would look irl. So...they are actually good renders?
Have no idea what was there before but if this is better, in terms of people friendly layout, etc, then it can't be worse than what came before it.
I take it the previous estate was a 50s/60s era concrete wasteland of kennels for people with no thought to layout and creating a proper neighbourhood? If so this would have to be better than that surely? Like I said, not too clued up on the area.
ewan sime
#4 Posted by ewan sime on 18 Jul 2016 at 12:59 PM
The flats that were on the site were solidly built 1930`s 40`s tenements. The flats didn`t have deck access and were certainly not kennels in a concrete wasteland(know you don't live in the area terra, not having a dig.). I live across the road in the high rises that until 2 months ago still had communal balconies and would have swapped to one of those flats quite happily. What`s being built will probably be ok but it seems an expensive way of providing 50 modern flats when you could have spent half the amount of money doing up the 50 that were already there.There are similar flats on brand street in Cessnock that were done up and look good.
#5 Posted by Ross on 19 Jul 2016 at 12:28 PM
I completely disagree with any comments in regards to "spending some cash on them". The previous flats were not solidly built! They were ugly, cheap and quite frankly an embarrassment to look at. The area around there looks poor, looks drab. I am very happy that the area was demolished, and hope that more of these old-fashioned, out of date, quick to solve a problem housing is being recognised that they are not good enough for modern day living. A bit of render, and new windows is not going to for want of a better expression "polish a turd".

I am not too enamoured with the design but alas its proper, modern and attract homes that people can be proud of.

The flats in Cessnock, are also dreadful to look at-bring these flats down and make areas more attractive again.
#6 Posted by Bambi on 19 Jul 2016 at 13:06 PM
Not even cooper cromar would put their name to this. Seven different types of surface finish – why mast? Just pick three, keep it simple and elegant. It just shows a total lack of confidence that you think that changing brick colour and adding in more materials is going to make this look good.
ewan sime
#7 Posted by ewan sime on 20 Jul 2016 at 13:08 PM
So "proper modern day living" involves staying in a "quick to solve a problem" , hastily slung up timber framed rabbit hutch with tiny rooms. Where you can hear every word your next door neighbours utter and every footstep of the 12 stone 8 year old up the stairs? No thanks. These are the turds of the future. If you like them so much, move there. I`ll buy you a water bottle for your front window, a giant rabbit suit, a set of ear plugs and a pound of carrots for moving in. We`ll see how long it takes you to dig an escape tunnel. Happy chomping nibbles!

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