Parkhead Cross housing proposal evokes lost tenements
June 4 2018
24 flats for social rent have been proposed by Anderson Bell + Christie and Parkhead Housing Association for the site of a former sports pavilion at Helenvale Street, Glasgow, immediately adjunct to the B-listed Parkhead Library.
Located in the Parkhead conservation area the scheme seeks to complete the city block through robust frontages and the potential for additional brownfield development further along Helenvale Street.
Forming two separate blocks the communal stairs for each building will be recessed to break up the massing and impart the illusion of a collection of smaller buildings.
Outlining their solution the architects wrote: “At the connection to the Library, a key and deliberate move was to drop the eaves height to match and set the building back. This allows our proposal stand subservient to the local landmark and use it to inform a potential future streetscape.
“Our proposal organised with a series of horizontal and vertical elements in a similar manner to the library piers. These provide a sense of depth and permanence to the facade.”
Both blocks will be faced in a mix of blonde, brown and grey brick with standing seam metal employed above the eaves line adjacent to the library in an attempt to mitigate the massing.
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