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Maryhill cross at landmark housing proposition

December 5 2018

Maryhill cross at landmark housing proposition

Maryhill Housing Association has pledged to engage with local people over its plans to build 65 properties for rent and sale in the north Glasgow district.

Proposals penned by Elder & Cannon Architects employ the practices trademark dark brick to dress four separate blocks of accommodation set amidst landscaped grounds on the junction of Maryhill and Cowal Road’s.

Maryhill Cross has been left as wasteland following demolition of landmark Victorian buildings, attracting the attention of the local housing association as it seeks to meet tenant demand.

Some locals have reacted angrily to the arrival of ‘giant grey boxes’ in their midst however, arguing against the scale and potential adverse impact on traffic congestion.

Others however came out in support of the ambitious scheme, preferring it to another anonymous ‘low rise monolithic block’.
Housing officials will now meet with community groups to discuss its vision.

Homes will benefit from private balconies and communal gardens
Homes will benefit from private balconies and communal gardens
Some residents have called for the proposals to be reduced in scale
Some residents have called for the proposals to be reduced in scale


#1 Posted by Stylecouncil on 5 Dec 2018 at 12:50 PM
So many bad brick clad schemes popping up everywhere but this is really rather sharp.
Good proportions and rigorous with finish…no apologetic panels, trendy coursing details or humongous flat foreheadage. Very nice indeed.
Partick Bateman
#2 Posted by Partick Bateman on 5 Dec 2018 at 13:11 PM
I've no issue with the scale at all. Plenty of big windows and love the proper, decent-sized balconies. All good except for that fact it's grey. It's literally grey!
I take it grey bricks are cheaper?
Eiffel 65
#3 Posted by Eiffel 65 on 5 Dec 2018 at 13:43 PM
I have a grey house with a grey window
Grey is the colour of all that I wear
Grey are the streets and all the trees are too
I have a girlfriend and she is so grey
Grey are the people here that walk around
Grey like my Corvette, it's in and outside
Grey are the words I say and what I think
Grey are the feelings that live inside me.
#4 Posted by rankbadyin on 5 Dec 2018 at 14:04 PM
Chapeau Eiffel 65!
Sue Pearman
#5 Posted by Sue Pearman on 5 Dec 2018 at 17:01 PM
This is an excruciating means of turning the corner. When you see the prominence of this site and the tenements that occupied the corner, the first thing that springs to mind is WHY?...are we not completing Maryhill Cross by similar means for future generations to enjoy a completed block structure. The proposed layout offers little in terms of street edge to any of the 3 sides. It's unusual for E&C to struggle so much with a site but this is not a successful solution in my view.
Walt Disney
#6 Posted by Walt Disney on 5 Dec 2018 at 17:02 PM
Jings. Good to see that Oscar Marzaroli has turned his hand to CGIs now. Looks bleak man.

BTW....buff bricks are cheap £250/1000. Grey bricks are expensive £600/1000.
Bargain Hunter
#7 Posted by Bargain Hunter on 5 Dec 2018 at 21:31 PM
@6 - £250/1000?! Who's your dealer?
#8 Posted by Jonjo on 5 Dec 2018 at 23:03 PM
For the umpteenth time, English nouns are not pluralised by adding an 'apostrophe s'. (Line 9, "...Cowal Road's."
#9 Posted by JusticeOfThePeice on 6 Dec 2018 at 08:23 AM
Consultation and engagement after the design has been developed??? Pointless, unless your aim is to get folks backs up! I’d have expected more respect for potential tenants from a Housing Association.
Don Broco
#10 Posted by Don Broco on 6 Dec 2018 at 09:41 AM
It's pretty boring. That relationship with the corner is pretty weak.

Although it must do wonders for their fee if they keep rehashing Laurieston ad infinitum.
Walt Disney
#11 Posted by Walt Disney on 6 Dec 2018 at 10:34 AM
#7...TM will do you a deal on a buff wire cut. Tell them I sent you.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#12 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 6 Dec 2018 at 11:37 AM
Real Glasgow shrinks -- the suburbs expand ever closer to the city centre.

However this development is only the continuation of an ongoing process.
James Hepburn
#13 Posted by James Hepburn on 6 Dec 2018 at 15:40 PM
#14 Posted by Pablo on 6 Dec 2018 at 20:20 PM
Quite like that.
maryhill resident
#15 Posted by maryhill resident on 7 Dec 2018 at 10:14 AM
could be worse.... could be a lot better! Wheres the justification for this high density, not very aspirational, monotony killed the context, a bit bland, why are architects so afraid of a bit of colour...?
Jennifer Aniston
#16 Posted by Jennifer Aniston on 7 Dec 2018 at 13:26 PM
When will architects in Glasgow stop using exclusively their own work as inspiration - look further!
#17 Posted by alibi on 7 Dec 2018 at 19:18 PM
Grim beyond words.
The G Man
#18 Posted by The G Man on 21 Sep 2019 at 10:16 AM
Some architect feels Glasgow isn't Glasgow anymore without greyness at deck level, - 80's and 90's was all about much greyness.. Maybe the architect feels its all been eradicated and needs to be re-instated as Glasgow wouldn't be the same without it, goes hand-in-hand with the weather most of the year..

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