Art Deco Glasgow garages makes way for ‘urban mansion’
May 22 201865 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.
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