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Greenock waterfront apartments launched

July 29 2016

Greenock waterfront apartments launched
The Drum Property Group and Ogilvie have begun marketing a development of 98 homes spread across five new build blocks on the site of a former naval base in Greenock, Inverclyde following completion of demolition work.

Designed by Halliday Fraser Munro Architects these buildings will be faced in brick and metal cladding amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped waterfront and a new access road.

In their design statement the architects wrote: “On a former MOD brownfield site, situated in a prominent seafront location upon the shores of the Clyde, this project seeks to introduce a robust landscape setting for a new residential development with discrete parking, whilst exploiting the opportunity to provide public access and amenity along the waterfront.

“For the first time, the waterfront will be publicly accessible in this location, and a new walkway with balustrade will offer fine views and generous seating spots. A new link to the existing slipway on the foreshore will be created through the heart of the development, with the potential to provide future access for kayaks and canoes.”

Landscape Architecture will be undertaken by Ian White Associates.
Living areas will benefit from sea-facing balconies
Living areas will benefit from sea-facing balconies
There is currently no public access to the waterfront site
There is currently no public access to the waterfront site


#1 Posted by John on 29 Jul 2016 at 12:14 PM
There is no design here? What relationship do these blocks have to any of the surroundings? How bland do these blocks look? Is this another cut and paste job by Halliday Fraser Munro as mentioned in previous comments by someone on one of their other projects? I dont know the company but i dont really think their design looks very great.

Can you imagine living on that open waterfront so far towards the estuary of the river. Its gale force winds on a good day in Greenock. Not a chance of drying clothes externally here. If you want to still own them you'll have to head towards Renfrew to collect them!

Reminds me of the sort of thing that appeared near Dumbarton in the 60's. That too was a flop

#2 Posted by D on 29 Jul 2016 at 13:24 PM
I hope this is not HFM's PR statement - because they got their client's name wrong... !
Video of the development
It is actually a great location..
#3 Posted by Philip on 29 Jul 2016 at 13:46 PM
This is pretty horrific....The first picture is particularly alarming!
I thought Malcolm Fraser was the resident design guru for HFM?
The kingster
#4 Posted by The kingster on 29 Jul 2016 at 14:39 PM
Glad that's not one of our projects at Barratt
#5 Posted by David on 29 Jul 2016 at 15:55 PM
#6 Posted by CadMonkey on 30 Jul 2016 at 08:18 AM
Leaving the massing, overshadowing, repetitiveness and general design quality aside, the fundamental problem here is a clear disregard to complying with Secured By Design criteria.
#7 Posted by Terra on 30 Jul 2016 at 15:29 PM
Hmmmm. They could/should be doing much better, especially given the surroundings and nice location. This is a bit of a disaster from a design perspective.
A Local Pleb
#8 Posted by A Local Pleb on 1 Aug 2016 at 13:56 PM
Not sure HFM are the right designers for this based upon what I have seen on some of their other projects! Mind you Drum have some pretty poorly designed developments on their surprise there when their directors are predominantly surveyors and accountants!
I heart Gourock
#9 Posted by I heart Gourock on 2 Aug 2016 at 09:49 AM
I was looking forward to seeing the proposals for this site.

Oh dear it's a bit of a monstrosity. The context has not been considered at all and what were they thinking with the flat roofs?

On a positive note it is a fantastic opportunity to link landscape with the Esplanade and the Battery Park.
#10 Posted by Neil on 2 Aug 2016 at 10:30 AM
#6 Refusing this development on the grounds of failing to meet Secured By Design criteria would be a bit like when they did Al Capone for tax evasion...
#11 Posted by Ross on 3 Aug 2016 at 09:50 AM
Anything that happens in Greenock is a bonus. Any sort of investment is a bonus. This development gives an urban edge to Greenock, that it is moving forward like other U.K. towns by having modern styled apartments on its Waterfront. I particularly like the fact there are several blocks of apartments and not one great monolithic building that Glasgow Harbour has.

Those balconies look great and I would love to have one that size! The flat roofs, well yes, I never understand that in Scotland; unless there were plans for communal rooftop gardens.

If I wanted to live in Greenock then I would jump at the chance for one these...even if I had to use a tumble dryer to dry my clothes.
Harry Lauder
#12 Posted by Harry Lauder on 3 Aug 2016 at 13:16 PM
Anything that happens in Greenock is a bonus - Nevertheless, it is a lazy commercial that an illiterate planning system assents to. Here are 5 identical blocks (with mirroring/colouring/storey height modulation and smoke posing as design) rubber-stamped onto a splendid unique site without a passing thought given (other than satisfying the commercial suits) to morphology and typology.

No wonder Rents is of the opinion that, 'Scotland is shite'. Greenock does deserve better.

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