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Airdrie turns a corner with prominent junction flats

October 16 2017

Airdrie turns a corner with prominent junction flats
Airdrie town centre is in line for a makeover with plans by the McLennan Partnership to replace an existing car wash with 20 flats above ground floor retail.

The Alexander Street build adopts an L-plan split between a terrace sweeping through to a curved element to Stirling Street and a three-storey wing, all of which would be finished in a combination of blond masonry and render with brick detailing.

Explaining their detailed approach to the project the architects stated: “Finer elements of the design concept incorporate classic timber (mahogany or oak) shop fronts with paneled stall-risers and hand painted signage on timber fascias. This contrasts with the more minimal but elegant contemporary shop front, with its optimal glazed frontage divided by vertical columns and minimal signage to avoid clutter. Other features including, dressings and keystone detail around fenestration (traditional terrace only), balconies and deep window reveals, help to create greater depth and interest.”

First and second floor properties will be given their own balconies, offering additional amenity space while enlivening the facades with window proportions and symmetry drawing inspiration from the B-listed Sir John Wilson Town Hall.
A 'traditional' terrace will feed into a more contemporary corner with a feature vertical element
A 'traditional' terrace will feed into a more contemporary corner with a feature vertical element


#1 Posted by Domino on 16 Oct 2017 at 12:22 PM
Why even bother with a visualisation... beige, beige, beige
#2 Posted by Cameron on 16 Oct 2017 at 12:26 PM
Those retail units will fill up well........
#3 Posted by MV on 16 Oct 2017 at 21:13 PM
signage, signage, signage...
#4 Posted by Ian on 17 Oct 2017 at 11:28 AM
There are numerous towns in central Scotland that have been struggling for many years and really need extra special care and attention. The image of the proposed development shows what seems a dismal and depressing development. Why does the local authority not push for one of the quality architectural firms such as Page and Park to try and lift the townscape of Airdrie and give the impression that this could be a town with a future. The government should try to give extra support to places like Airdrie, Coatbridge, Motherwell, Wishaw etc., etc.
#5 Posted by Kate on 17 Oct 2017 at 12:49 PM
The way this building is dealing with the corner is extremely poor - not helped by the dreadful renders. The housing that runs down the street is actually ok - again, not helped by the renders. Try harder McLennan Partnership. Seriously.
#6 Posted by Pleasantfield on 17 Oct 2017 at 16:23 PM
Traditional is good , contemporary equals go anywhere
D to the R
#7 Posted by D to the R on 18 Oct 2017 at 21:44 PM
I'd rather live in the car wash

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