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Stewart Milne revisit Glasgow’s Garden Festival with 202 planned homes

September 12 2017

Stewart Milne revisit Glasgow’s Garden Festival with 202 planned homes
Stewart Milne Homes and GD Lodge Architects have teamed up with Scottish Enterprise to deliver 202 homes at Glasgow’s Festival Park, occupying an area of grassland which has lain vacant since the 1988 Garden Festival.

Conceived with a view to establishing a built edge to Pacific Drive and Govan Road with higher density properties the scheme will taper down to lower densities overlooking the park while integrating with the Clyde Walkway while offering a mix of apartments, terraces, studio houses and colony homes for sale.

In their design statement GD Lodge wrote: “The proposal is to create character, variety and interest by utilising a carefully selected mixture of external materials & detailing to the housing and flats as well as the hard landscaping areas including paths, roads and parking bays. A high quality and aesthetically pleasing facing brick (mixture of brown, buff and red) will be selected for each building type along with other complimentary materials.”

The development will neighbor the recently completed Village Hotel.
A mix of apartments, terraces, studio houses and colony homes would be built
A mix of apartments, terraces, studio houses and colony homes would be built


Mies van der Noooo!
#1 Posted by Mies van der Noooo! on 12 Sep 2017 at 12:00 PM
It's an absolute disgrace that Glasgow City Council can allow a site of such prominence and potential to be sacrificed as a cash cow for these purveyors of dross suburban infill and their butcher 'architect' lackeys.
Sue Pearman
#2 Posted by Sue Pearman on 12 Sep 2017 at 12:11 PM
Really! ... I'm wondering whether more average suburban housing is what the city needs next to the BBC, Science Centre and enclosing festival park...?
#3 Posted by Steppish on 12 Sep 2017 at 12:51 PM
Glad to see the lack of surface car parking in the area finally being addressed
Andrew Hepburn
#4 Posted by Andrew Hepburn on 12 Sep 2017 at 12:51 PM
Great! More Monopoly boxes continuing Scottish house builder's theme of mediocrity for-profit.
#5 Posted by MoFloBro on 12 Sep 2017 at 13:09 PM
It's pretty hard to get excited about this. The massive surface car park and close proximity to the river will give this as a pretty windswept, barren feel to it.
Would it not be better to extend festival park into this land? Perhaps there's not enough profit to be made in parks.
#6 Posted by StyleCouncil on 12 Sep 2017 at 13:23 PM
Well, thats me convinced GD Lodge. Compelling design statement and sketchup....
#7 Posted by Jaded on 12 Sep 2017 at 13:37 PM
What the actual fcuk?? Have we actually sunk to such a low that we are building suburban housing in what is effectively a city centre district that we are trying to regenerate?

Why bother building fastlink if you are going to line the route with low-density accommodation with acres of surface car parking?

I had long hoped this site would provide a critical link to Cessnock, helping unlock the potential of that area. With Finnieston and the broader west-end becoming unaffordable, I thought this could be a cool creative district by the Clyde with dense mixed use developments.

Oops, I forgot this was Glasgow.
#8 Posted by modernish on 12 Sep 2017 at 17:12 PM
Haud the bus! This is contrary to the City Design surely the city must say no? Oh no, wait Scottish Enterprise is involved to a wee phone call or two in the right ear and that's a prime city centre site proverbially pished up against the wall. The planners are enforcing the city design guide in suburban Glasgow so there is absolutely no reason to not hold firm here. On the other hand if they fold with this site every other developer in the land can point to this precedent and tell them to 'ram it' with the design guide....interesting times indeed.
Tom Manley
#9 Posted by Tom Manley on 13 Sep 2017 at 09:54 AM
Well the planning application does not seem to be viewable from the link. From the info provided here - scheme looks like it could have fallen from the sky onto any parcel of land - The Red line boundary signifying lets not give a monkeys where this is, the immediate context or the specifics of the site or the story of the land and its people, an all to familiar issue and one of the biggest problems with architecture today.

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