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Sighthill regeneration begins to take shape

August 10 2016

Sighthill regeneration begins to take shape
Glasgow's Sighthill regeneration is set to move onto the latest phase of delivery with creation of a new park, roads and infrastructure by the beginning of 2017.

This seeks to establish an ‘urban grid’ connected to the city centre by way of a pedestrian footbridge over the M8 with the aim of fostering a pedestrian friendly environment focussed on a central civic square modelled on historic Glasgow junctions such as Glasgow, Bridgeton and Partick Cross.

Key design principles include a crescent of housing modelled on park Circus overlooking the Park set amidst ‘city and local landmarks‘ to identify the development within its wider surroundings.

A masterplan design brief states: “The masterplan has evolved to enhance the natural topography of Sighthill. The original Sighthill Park is being re-profiled more in keeping with the natural drumlin that existed prior to the industrial works. The new housing situated on the hill will become a key marker on the skyline, similar to that of Park Circus in the west end of the city.
“The Civic Spine that links Sighthill to the city centre will feature the larger scale buildings along its length. Building heights of four to six storeys define the boulevard with opportunities for increased height at key corners.

“The remainder of the masterplan is relatively flat with minimal slopes within the plots.”

At the heart of the scheme will be a new community campus which will open its doors by autumn 2019 with other projects set for delivery including a new St Rollox Church by Angus Design Associates.

Landscape architecture is being undertaken by LDA Design in conjunction with the council’s own planners
A new church will be built to serve the new community
A new church will be built to serve the new community


Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 10 Aug 2016 at 17:04 PM
Replacing failed 20th censhury architeshure fae the concrete modernist brigade wae new abominations courtesy ae todays architects who hink white render, blocky shapes ad zinc panelled roofs make urban utopias. Och, an caw it 'regeneration' because it's bound to be a magnificent success. Aye.

Does naebudy learn anyhing fae the past? Why no borrow from the best examples ae Glesga's built environment. Erm, rememba thos stone built tenements anywan, still standing and looking stunning? I mean, the ones that wernae ripped doon by modernist psychos and replaced wae asbestos tower blocks of course.

Why isnae this building typology being used? Why? Och, it's pastiche to build those hings. Best build ugly blocks of course instead.
#2 Posted by Terra on 10 Aug 2016 at 18:23 PM
Have to say I do think this is a huge, huge improvement on the concrete blocks from the 60s.
I understand the criticism as it is always important to strive for the best design possible but as housing schemes go this master plan isn't too bad at all.
The recently finished part is really nice, tasteful and exists in harmony with the surrounding area.
Also I really like the pedestrian bridge with multiple "lanes" and greenery/trees.
White render can get to absolute f*** though.
#3 Posted by Charlie_ on 10 Aug 2016 at 20:24 PM
The lack of ambition and urbanity seems pretty disappointing as is the absence of any plans for rail or light rail provision. This would surely be a fine suburban extension on the edge of Perth but it's hard to imagine this being proposed 10 minutes walk from the centre of Hamburg, Manchester, Dublin.
#4 Posted by QMD on 11 Aug 2016 at 09:15 AM
I wonder what's the plot ratio (density calculation) of this piece of land. Agreed with #3, the masterplan is more for the suburban than an integrated part of Scotland's biggest city.
#5 Posted by FHM on 14 Aug 2016 at 12:16 PM
0 Points: Nonsensical, repetitive ramblings, that make little sense whilst written in poorly constructed, "vernacular" text.

1 Point: "Concrete modernism". / "Modernist concrete ideals"

1 Point: "Concrete modernism". / "Modernist concrete ideals"

2 Points: "concrete lovin' brigade" / "lefties"

4 points! Slightly better on Big Chantelle's Bingo.
#6 Posted by Terra on 19 Aug 2016 at 05:42 AM
#3 Was thinking the same Charlie. I do think they should be trying to keep with the overall massing and grid pattern of the city centre, what with it being just over the M8.

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