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January 23 2018

Finnieston bulks up with latest flats proposal
Housing demand in Glasgow’s fashionable Finnieston district has led to plans for 34 flats on a disused industrial unit at the corner of Yorkerhill Street and Gilbert Street.

Located over the road from a large,
modular student build the homes have been designed by Grant Murray Architects on behalf of Surplus Property Solutions the build will adopt a stepped profile to better relate with existing buildings.

Outlining their approach the architects wrote: “The development is split into distinct elements through changes in material and roof scape. This breaks up the massing of the block and consequently the perceived overall scale of the development. Highlighted roof pitches exaggerate the corners of the proposals and further helps to break up the mass of the elevations.

“Overall massing is further broken down through defining common entrances to the building by changes in the surface plane of the brickwork, roof scape and material along the façade. Recessed balconies to all properties will additionally add depth and detail to the elevations.”

All homes will be dual aspect, some benefitting from a triple aspect, with a materials palette of mixed buff and red textured brick. A third contrasting red brick will be used to accentuate details and window openings in a similar manner to the sandstone surrounds of the B-listed Territorial Army building over the road.
A rear 'back court' will be included above a disused railway tunnel below the site
A rear 'back court' will be included above a disused railway tunnel below the site
Historic tenements on the corner plot were demolished in the 1970s
Historic tenements on the corner plot were demolished in the 1970s


Glen Ferguson
#1 Posted by Glen Ferguson on 23 Jan 2018 at 12:44 PM
Could swear they pick these designs up out of argos. yet another boring flat roofed box.
Stevie Steve
#2 Posted by Stevie Steve on 23 Jan 2018 at 13:24 PM
Those images are terrible... I mean graphically how does that sell the project?
A Local Pleb
#3 Posted by A Local Pleb on 23 Jan 2018 at 13:57 PM
Design quality was obviously surplus to the client's requirements?
#4 Posted by Ross on 23 Jan 2018 at 14:38 PM
I might be wrong, but don't the flats fall within Yorkhill?

#5 Posted by MV on 23 Jan 2018 at 15:46 PM
The images are really really grim.
James Hepburn
#6 Posted by James Hepburn on 23 Jan 2018 at 16:12 PM
Glasgow City Council maintains its reputation for approving awful architecture.
#7 Posted by Kid0 on 24 Jan 2018 at 01:20 AM
I just can't stop laughing seeing the first viz. Who did it? Stevie Wonder? If you can't do it, leave it to professionals. Otherwise be blamed and ashamed. Everything else is cheap rubbish - to squeeze maximum flats on the premise, sell high, don't answer the phone in six months when crap will start fallling apart. Next!
Gandalf the Pink
#8 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 24 Jan 2018 at 12:30 PM
Don't build this.

It is awful.

Go back, have a rethink, sharpen your pencil, start again, do a better job.
#9 Posted by Jaded on 24 Jan 2018 at 21:43 PM
What an alienating scene
#10 Posted by monkey9000 on 25 Jan 2018 at 11:50 AM
Something about those images that remind of the blancmange alien race in Monty Python's Flying Circus.
european norm
#11 Posted by european norm on 25 Jan 2018 at 14:36 PM
Nice tenemental proportions to the windows. However - roofline is a bit blunt and I wouldn't like to be on the ground floor, how long before the first occupant applies to glaze in their balcony? 10 years? 5 years? 2??? Wing in the background looks pedestrian. And brick planters? A bit '90's isn't it?

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