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Charing Cross homes square off Glasgow grid

September 5 2018

Charing Cross homes square off Glasgow grid

A former church in Charing Cross could make way for 20 new homes following submission of plans by Holmes Miller Architects and Kelvin Properties.

The Kent Road site will give way to a seven storey block finished in buff brick and grey fibre cement cladding, referencing the grid pattern of surrounding roads with a twin volume space designed to mediate in scale between more modern developments and surviving tenements.

A proportional grid system defines the front façade with a double height base and crown course highlighting the verticality of the chosen solution and provide appropriate street level scale.

In their design statement the architects wrote: “It is proposed to apply a proportional grid system to the elevational arrangement as a reference to the neighbouring tenement buildings.

“The intention is not to try and replicate, but to address the context with a contemporary approach.”

A landscaped amenity deck will be included on the first floor with a 1.8m high frosted glass screen providing privacy.

An elevated backcourt amenity space will be provided
An elevated backcourt amenity space will be provided


#1 Posted by Soffitier on 5 Sep 2018 at 13:45 PM
Exciting! Looking forward to seeing the brick soffits on the top floor balconies!
Jezza Alexander
#2 Posted by Jezza Alexander on 5 Sep 2018 at 14:36 PM
The transition block couldn't look more of an afterthought if it tried.
I'll have a guinness!
#3 Posted by I'll have a guinness! on 6 Sep 2018 at 12:25 PM
Those 3 women must be going for a seat at the Bon Accord beer garden!
#4 Posted by Bored on 6 Sep 2018 at 12:41 PM
Come on, don't blame the banal facade on the local road layout...
#5 Posted by char(m)ing on 6 Sep 2018 at 13:46 PM
I like it. The simplicity of the façade grid, along with the deep aperture reveals (hopefully these are not lost post-VE) should provide an attractive street frontage in an area needing a bit of TLC.

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