Victoria Infirmary resuscitated with 413-home plan
October 3 2017413 new homes at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary; including office space within the B-listed administration building and some retail.
Working in concert with structural engineer Harley Haddow and Brindley Associates as landscape architect the project will include a mix of refurbished and new build properties at the 3.75 acre site – 25% of which will be classed as affordable.
At the heart of the proposal sit the Battlefield Road Nightingale Pavilions, together with their distinctive corner towers and cupolas, all of which will be retained together with a gatehouse fronting Langside Road. As part of this process later additions in brick to two of these pavilions will be stripped back to allow new semi-circular balconies to be installed.
New additions will seek to ‘echo’ the pavilions while opening up new amenity space at their base; including a new public route bisecting the site.
In their design statement Collective observed: “The new buildings onto Battlefi eld Road respond to the Nightingale Pavilions. We developed a language of ‘lanterns’ that respond to the forms of the pavilions, to the towers and the cupolas at the gable end of each pavilion. The buildings that ‘book end’ the pavilions also have to respond to the special conditions of the corner on which they are located.
“The ‘lantern’ was fully explored in along Langside Road, to give a strong edge and a varied massing to the buildings that respond to the edge of Queen’s Park.
“The buildings at the centre of the site and onto Grange Road, respond to the local town centre and have developed a language of colonnades and layered facades give a more civic architectural response.”
A contemporary palette of materials has been selected for new build elements including a succession of ‘Park Pavilions’ fronting onto Queen’s Park. These will primarily consist of brick but include concrete-clad ground floor wall panels and columns as well as Tecu metal clad ‘lanterns’.
Each new block will be raised above an area dedicated to undercroft parking.
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