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Art Deco Glasgow garages makes way for ‘urban mansion’

May 22 2018

Art Deco Glasgow garages makes way for ‘urban mansion’
Page\Park Architects are in the driving seat for proposals to transform a redundant Arnold Clark garage in Glasgow’s Charing Cross to form 65 flats with parking, a raised garden deck and two shops.

While conceding that the existing buildings are of some interest, including early and late examples of industrial Art Deco, the architects contend that the development presents an opportunity to complete an urban block of tenements while rationalising backcourt areas to provide more greenspace.

Modelled on the historic form of the ‘urban mansion’ this will see a six-storey ‘spine’ constructed to enclose an internal courtyard with bookend brick projections embracing St George’s Road and Grant Street.

Detailing their proposals the architects wrote: “Seen straight on from St. George’s Road the new building recognises the scale of adjacent tenements while reintroducing the idea of the ‘urban mansion’ in reference to St George’s Mansion at the corner of Charing Cross.

“The ‘new mansions’ initiate an axial approach into the linear garden courtyard behind and into the rest of the development.

“At fifth floor level to St. George’s Road and at fourth floor level on Grant Street a shallow steel framed glazed balcony expression echoes the detail on the St. George’s Mansions and provides a visual plinth to longer views to the west.”

Sustainability will be a key component of the design with the potential to include rooftop solar panels, provision for the future installation of electric vehicle charging points and the use of air-source heat pumps.
Redevelopment will complete a full tenement block
Redevelopment will complete a full tenement block
Three separate garages will be demolished to make way for the homes
Three separate garages will be demolished to make way for the homes


#1 Posted by Buynow!!11 on 22 May 2018 at 14:56 PM
"An oasis of silence in the greenest part of West End"
"A missing gem in the crown of Charing Cross"
"Urban space brough back to inhabitants"
"280sqm micro-apartments for modern professionals. From £499.999"

...and so on. Good to see this industrial AC eyesore to go.
Christopher Dinnis
#2 Posted by Christopher Dinnis on 24 May 2018 at 09:49 AM
A great design opportunity lost! What a shame the area will be improved but I do not think the visual amenity is improved at all. Please can we have some imaginative external design features in place of a computer designed standard block. Can any of the designers do actual freehand drawing???
A Local Pleb
#3 Posted by A Local Pleb on 24 May 2018 at 13:25 PM
A definite improvement on what is there however is it perhaps not 1 storey too high?
#4 Posted by TheGhostofFLW on 27 May 2018 at 08:11 AM
#2 it's not the method used that limits the design it's the ability of the designer to use the method. Some people can do wonderful things in 2D/3D cad software but can't draw a stick figure whilst others are the opposite so please don't put the blandness of this down to being "computer designed", the software is just a tool the, same as a pencil, so it's only as good as the person using it.
Dan D. Lyon
#5 Posted by Dan D. Lyon on 1 Jun 2018 at 11:18 AM
Good to see the the old AC garage go, but this proposal elevationally is a bit dreary, it makes the tawdry brick thing next to it look quite interesting.
P&P's style is becoming a bit too worthy. Whatever happens can it have a base course of granite so the years of rain slapping off the pavement don't create the usual green algae tide mark on the building!
Rod D. Dendron
#6 Posted by Rod D. Dendron on 1 Jun 2018 at 11:26 AM
Could it be stone please - Blaxter is a good match for Glasgow blond sandstone. It's still too soon after the swathes of brick elevations that were done in the 80's.

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