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Gallowgate gap-site plugged in mid-market rent push

January 30 2018

Gallowgate gap-site plugged in mid-market rent push
Collective Architecture and Glasgow Housing Association have brought forward plans for 49 flats for mid-market rent on vacant land bounded by Watson Street and Gallowgate.

Located on the eastern edge of the Merchant City conservation area the project will adjoin the conversion of the former Bell Street stables, for which work is currently underway.

A single high-quality brick has been selected as a uniform finishing material after stone was ruled out on budget grounds and tying in with adjacent railway arches. Precast detailing will be applied to the primary elevations for visual interest.

In a statement the architects observed: “Overall approach is to reinstate the elevations to Watson Street and Gallowgate and in doing so create a strong corner and vertical accent to mark the key gateway location that the site occupies. Simultaneously a sheltered and very compact high-quality rear courtyard private space will be created which is precedented in the residential development north along Bell Street.”

Elevational treatments aim to visually connect with historic neighbours by adding depth to the façade with generous inset balconies opening out to Barrowlands Park to the south east.
The eastern facade will be treated with equivalence to the city centre elevation
The eastern facade will be treated with equivalence to the city centre elevation


Sue Pearman
#1 Posted by Sue Pearman on 30 Jan 2018 at 10:42 AM
This directly opposite Collective's office. Surely you girls and boys do not want to look out at this oversized bland slab all day...?
It very much resembles the dreadful scheme for student housing recently proposed for the high street. Just a little articulation or modelling and recognition of adjacent context might be nice... [bangs head off desk]
Sue Pearman
#2 Posted by Sue Pearman on 30 Jan 2018 at 10:54 AM
...thought I might have been a bit harsh there but ...the majority of flats seem to be north west facing single aspect flats with external deck access and some have primary aspects below eye level to the street... but maybe my standards are just too high or maybe the old Glasgow 'single end' is going to be fashionable again soon?
#3 Posted by tara on 30 Jan 2018 at 11:03 AM
There seems to be a lo t of private rented accommodation in this bit of town. Is there no concern about creating a very transient community? It would be much better to have more family homes or proper long term residents to support the city centre. This is a really sustainable well connected bit of town. Wouldn't it be great to get families in here? Look at areas like Edinburgh Canongate. Many people from all incomes liver here. It even has its own school.
#4 Posted by ken on 30 Jan 2018 at 11:24 AM
These are for Glasgow Housing Association. I especially like the view from the west as it dilutes the effect of the awful top floors of the building at Glasgow Cross.
#5 Posted by Charlie_ on 30 Jan 2018 at 12:18 PM
Seems like a solid wee bit of ifill to me - here's to many more in the vicinity!
Neil C
#6 Posted by Neil C on 30 Jan 2018 at 12:49 PM
A substantive and acceptable addition to the skyline. Gallowgate needs all the help it can get, though I agree mid-market rent is perhaps not the ideal target audience for such a transient district.
#7 Posted by Cadmonkey on 30 Jan 2018 at 19:24 PM
Post-Grenfell should we really be designing 10 storey blocks of flats like this with a single escape stair.
Is the deck even accessible for a fire appliance with a ladder?

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