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Wait is over for Govanhill bus depot as affordable housing springs into view

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January 12 2018

Wait is over for Govanhill bus depot as affordable housing springs into view
Mast Architects are proposing to build 186 affordable homes, including tenements and terrace houses, spread across four blocks of flats situated off Butterbiggins Road in Glasgow’s Govanhill on behalf of The Link Group and Park Lane.

Characterised by mono-pitch and butterfly roofs the architects have stressed a ‘unified’ vision for the former bus depot which employs feature brick detailing and elements of metallic cladding to define close entrances, balconies and recesses as well as pierce the monotony.

Giving voice to their approach Mast observed: “A defining characteristic of the tenements in Govanhill is the separation of the ground floor from the upper floors. This feature has been incorporated within the blocks by using corbelled brick detailing that is unique to the ground floor and provides a robust base to the building.

“To mimic the tenement features, the upper floors then have a separate set of detailing characteristics in contrast to the ground floor.”

This approach is taken a step further by aligning windows across floors to create linear repeating elements.
A tree-lined loop road will provide access to properties deeper within the plan
A tree-lined loop road will provide access to properties deeper within the plan
Mast have employed a unified materials and design language across the sprawling site
Mast have employed a unified materials and design language across the sprawling site

12 Comments

StlyeCouncil
#1 Posted by StlyeCouncil on 12 Jan 2018 at 13:01 PM
I rest my case....
The Flâneur
#2 Posted by The Flâneur on 12 Jan 2018 at 13:06 PM
Oh dear.

If I knew MAST were going to revert to form (after their rather nice Elderpark Community Centre proposal) I would have rather carried on waiting.

That layout is very confused. Please, someone introduce them to urbanism and the concept of a tenement urban block.

How they could have missed this in their site analysis of Govanhill I do not know. If they were looking for precedents all they had to do was check out the award winning Elder & Cannon Coplaw Street tenement for Govanhill HA, which is just around the corner.
M. Bormann
#3 Posted by M. Bormann on 12 Jan 2018 at 13:11 PM
Albert would have been proud of that.
George
#4 Posted by George on 12 Jan 2018 at 13:22 PM
Dear oh dear, huge site with so much potential completely wasted...
Kid0
#5 Posted by Kid0 on 12 Jan 2018 at 13:40 PM
What's the point with these oversized tops? Isn't is possible to drop parking spaces underneath the blocks (see Finlay Drive in Dennistroun) and drop some more interesting landscaping/common area?
MofloDohBro
#6 Posted by MofloDohBro on 12 Jan 2018 at 13:58 PM
Agree with the above comments. This is a dogs breakfast. If they were wanting to 'mimic the tenement features' why not just extend the grid of Govanhill north. Why complicated it so much.
wailswithdespair
#7 Posted by wailswithdespair on 12 Jan 2018 at 16:51 PM
Another expansive and souless estate. Have we learned nothing about the fact that these developments need some form of amenities included such as maybe proper social area instead of a suds pond and an Informal play area (in other words spare grun). This place will have less of a sense of community than a care home.
Local
#8 Posted by Local on 14 Jan 2018 at 16:57 PM
God bless Govanhill...
Charlie_
#9 Posted by Charlie_ on 16 Jan 2018 at 10:09 AM
How do Mast continue to get work?
Neale
#10 Posted by Neale on 17 Jan 2018 at 14:19 PM
Jesus wept.
Southside Lad
#11 Posted by Southside Lad on 19 Jan 2018 at 08:48 AM
Mast, hang your head in shame. Why do they continuously get project based on a CV of horrors.
Southside Lad
#12 Posted by Southside Lad on 19 Jan 2018 at 08:52 AM
Can I encourage everyone to comment on this application online, in the hope it at least will be referred to the urban design panel for review.

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