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‘Crisp’ homes mark post-tenement future for Drumchapel

June 11 2018

‘Crisp’ homes mark post-tenement future for Drumchapel
Glasgow and Cernach Housing Associations have pulled the trigger on a development of 134 homes at Linkwood Drive, Drumchapel, in the latest phase of an ongoing estate regeneration programme.

Mast Architects have been appointed to deliver the project which will include a mix of terraced and semi-detached homes and flats, 16 of which are adapted for wheelchair use.

Each home will be delivered to a unified design including clipped eaves detail and exaggerated concrete pre-cast sills with contrasting soldier course to form a ‘crisp’ elevation. Grey timber doors have been specified to complete the look.

Costed at £18m the development supplants a group of former tenements and comes complete with energy-saving features such as solar panels.

Explaining their landscape approach Mast wrote: “The changes in level between the three urban blocks are acknowledged through the site within the internal landscaped zones between on looking houses. These landscaped areas not only tackle the vast change in level but offer more privacy and seclusion to the rear of each house.”

Completion is timetabled for early 2020.
A single palette of brick has been chosen to simplify the design
A single palette of brick has been chosen to simplify the design
Each home will be built to a unified design standard
Each home will be built to a unified design standard


#1 Posted by Johnjo on 11 Jun 2018 at 14:54 PM
If the "Association's" mentioned in line one is intended to indicate the plural, it should be "Associations". How much worse can the Scottish system of education become?
Urban Realm
#2 Posted by Urban Realm on 11 Jun 2018 at 17:00 PM
Thanks John. The rogue apostrophe is no more.
boaby wan
#3 Posted by boaby wan on 11 Jun 2018 at 17:36 PM
I like that the shadow of the highrise is only about twice as long as the tree beside it so it just stops on the pavement and not on a row of houses...
#4 Posted by teegeeweegee on 11 Jun 2018 at 18:42 PM
boaby wan
really interesting thing is that the highrise is in a time zone 4hrs earlier than the newbuild - well, that + the scheme isn't really very good at all...+ what happened to it a dead art now?
#5 Posted by Inahuf on 11 Jun 2018 at 21:48 PM
Over 20 years after the DDA and we’re still saying things like ‘Adapted for wheelchair use’, like it’s the wheelchairs living there.
They’re new build homes so they’re not adapted; hopefully they are designed to allow wheelchair users to live there more easily, the rest of the homes being inaccessible if you are injured or ill with impaired mobility.

Mind you, there’s also the ‘unified design’ which is archiboll*cks for cookie cutter hooses
#6 Posted by Cadmonkey on 11 Jun 2018 at 23:57 PM
If “Affordable Housing Development” what is with the BMWs and Volvos in the CGIs?
#7 Posted by Motoman on 12 Jun 2018 at 00:50 AM
I bet my years salary that there will be no sign of the BMW or Volvo on the driveway. Ever. That wooden bench would be handy while throwing at passing police unit. Oh Glasgow you...
Walt Disney
#8 Posted by Walt Disney on 12 Jun 2018 at 10:25 AM
I'm sorry, but people really don't want to live in Drumchapel and none of Drumchapel's problems are going to be solved by architecture. To give MAST credit, I'm sure these will be really nice HFVN houses, however they are plotted on the same street patterns as the demolished blocks, they willl have the same tenants, same RSLs, same poor transport, same lack of amenities, same 'challenging' schools, same lack of employment opportunities. All points to the same sticky end - demolition in 20 years.
#9 Posted by Sven on 12 Jun 2018 at 12:05 PM
The design is plain if functional. I expect the final design to enclose the gardens (who wants an open plan garden surrounding your home - where will the giant trampolines go?).
#10 Posted by Vasquez on 12 Jun 2018 at 14:13 PM
Vasquez: All right, we got seven canisters of CN-20. I say we roll them in there and nerve gas the whole f*g nest.
Hicks: That's worth a try, but we don't know if it's gonna affect them.
Hudson: Let's just bug out and call it even, man! What are we even talking about this for?
Ripley: …I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
#11 Posted by Bonvivant on 12 Jun 2018 at 16:32 PM
I'm so old that I can remember when 'defensible space' was fashionable (and effective).
#12 Posted by RevMonk on 16 Jun 2018 at 06:56 AM
"Post-tenement future" but still has the historical mistakes of the last 50 years. Yes the scheme looks nice but one of the original issues with the development of areas in Glasgow like Drumchapel was lots of housing but nothing in terms of amenitites. Would it kill Glasgow HA's, developers & Architects to watch any of the dozens documentries on the subject and actually try to learn from past mistakes.

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