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Inner city homes for social rent to sprout in Bridgeton

June 19 2017

Inner city homes for social rent to sprout in Bridgeton
Link Group have advanced plans for a community of 68 homes for social rent at Olympia Street, Bridgeton, with the intention of fostering an ‘exemplar model of inclusive and affordable inner city living’.

Located on the site of a former supermarket the scheme will incorporate extensive landscaping by Rankin Fraser with wide pavements and dropped kerbs to ease accessibility.

In a statement the architects wrote: “Elder and Cannon Architects have been engaged by Link Group to assume the role of lead consultant in the preparation and presentation of design proposals for full planning permission for a new build housing project at Olympia Street/Orr Street, Glasgow. The proposal is for a development of 68 homes for social rent, including 24 for elderly amenity with six to wheelchair standards.

“They are provided in a grouping of four apartment blocks of varying scale, grouped around a common landscaped garden, with associated parking and amenity.”

Link Group intend to build 3,200 affordable homes over the coming five years in a £401m development programme.
The brownfield site has been targetted for regeneration as part of the Clyde Gateway initiative
The brownfield site has been targetted for regeneration as part of the Clyde Gateway initiative
The scheme sits off a revitalised Bridgeton Cross
The scheme sits off a revitalised Bridgeton Cross


#1 Posted by Charlie_ on 19 Jun 2017 at 13:15 PM
Lovely! Elder and cannon have really hit on a winning formula with these balconied charcoal brick blocks. More please!
David Graham
#2 Posted by David Graham on 19 Jun 2017 at 13:52 PM
This is a wonderful proposal and really encouraging to see, as it densifies the inner city in the same way which has worked so successfully in London, and removes existing run down industrial units which should be located on the periphery of the city. Seems to be an emerging model being used across the inner city; Laurieston, Sighthill, Bridgeton, long may it continue!
Ian Alexander
#3 Posted by Ian Alexander on 19 Jun 2017 at 14:11 PM
Given the criticism that many new developments receive it makes you wonder why more work does not come to Elder and Cannon and other architects who have shown on many projects just how good they are
#4 Posted by revmonk on 19 Jun 2017 at 15:16 PM
wow it's unlike any housing project I've ever seen before... oh wait it's like every housing project I've seen for the last couple year
Neil C
#5 Posted by Neil C on 20 Jun 2017 at 11:01 AM
#4 - you must be very selective in the housing projects you look at. Most of the ones I've seen couldn't hold a candle to elegant designs like this.

Good work by E&C. More, please!
Franny Edge
#6 Posted by Franny Edge on 20 Jun 2017 at 11:34 AM
I hope we start to see more housing for ‘social rent’ of this quality. Well played E & C, what a great addition to the housing stock in Bridgeton.
A Local Pleb
#7 Posted by A Local Pleb on 20 Jun 2017 at 12:33 PM
I like this, keep it going E&C.
#8 Posted by lm on 20 Jun 2017 at 13:46 PM
Although the scheme is good but I have to agree with #4 ... so many practices designing the same thing everywhere 'simple brick block' ...I've seen better work form E&C, like the one on Great Western Road and I'm not sure I like the rotated block. I think a strong and distinct Urban Edge along Olimpia St would be more appropriate.
#9 Posted by Alex on 20 Jun 2017 at 15:39 PM
The architecture (ambitious or not) is fair enough, but I personally can't see how folk can praise this when it ruins the block pattern and creates unusable 70s style triangular pathways courts and 'amenity grassland' gardens. Deliberately challenging traditional urban form works if it highlights exciting architecture, but this isn't worth it. Still, it fits more units on the site...
#10 Posted by Philip on 20 Jun 2017 at 17:09 PM
Lovely brick choice and apparent detail...but I am taken aback by the gushing praise for this. It seem as joy-less and reductive as other recent residential schemes featured on UR.
#11 Posted by carp on 20 Jun 2017 at 23:17 PM
#4 - I suppose every 19th century tenement looks different as well?

These flats are somewhat pleasant on eye, better them repeating that all over the place than putting up eyesores.
#12 Posted by Alistair on 22 Jun 2017 at 14:46 PM
I agree with #20. The buildings look good but they are in the wrong position, making it difficult to design any buildings in the surrounding area. We know what makes a city look good, so why stray from it?
#13 Posted by ricky on 9 May 2019 at 13:12 PM
Looks like its gone on fire

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