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A-listed Calton church set for new neighbours

January 31 2019

A-listed Calton church set for new neighbours

AS Homes and George Buchanan Architects have worked up plans for a development of 40 flats adjacent to the A-listed St Mary’s Church, Calton, as the first phase of a larger regeneration project.

Fronting Abercrombie and Forbes Street the proposed scheme would skirt an historic burial ground, retained as amenity space, with a materials palette comprising facing brick, rainscreen cladding and metal balustrades.

In a design statement the architects wrote: “The aspect of each flat has been carefully considered to ensure their principal rooms overlook garden space in lieu of parking / bin stores.

“The garden space has been positioned to tie with the future phase landscaping, with particular regard to the historic burial ground and it’s restrictions on construction.

“Along street frontages, the blocks have been held back circa two metres from the pavement to allow the installation of a wall and railing with hedging and shrubbery behind. This softens the edge of the development whilst providing an attractive defensible zone.”

Picking up on the vertical emphasis of adjacent buildings the project includes vertically aligned windows with cladding elements highlighting points of entry.

An historic burial ground is off limits to construction
An historic burial ground is off limits to construction
Further homes are planned for the area in later phases of development
Further homes are planned for the area in later phases of development


#1 Posted by Asimov on 1 Feb 2019 at 08:43 AM
Seriously, where does tis fascination with retarded forehead of every new building comes from? Why does these new schemes have to be ugly af? Is it a part of wider masterplan to make Glasgow a European capital of carbunkles?
#2 Posted by BillSmith on 1 Feb 2019 at 09:58 AM
#1 Presumably it's to fit the monopitch timber roof trusses underneath.
The aesthetics leave something to be desired, but otherwise the 'affordable housing' becomes a little less affordable.
#3 Posted by Egbert on 1 Feb 2019 at 11:41 AM
#1 'retarded' - really?
Questionable language aside I personally don't mind it as an approach to massing and roofline - it gives the street elevations a clean simplicity and presence and a solidly urban scale that Glasgow's hollowed-out inner areas like the Calton desperately need. Far better than the cheaply detailed and flimsy oversailing eaves of the typical 00s infill, or the suburban timidity of the 80s and 90s hipped roof HA schemes.
Fin controller
#4 Posted by Fin controller on 1 Feb 2019 at 13:17 PM
#3 agreed if you're going to use language get it right. its a Tefal forehead!
Walt Disney
#5 Posted by Walt Disney on 4 Feb 2019 at 16:32 PM
That's a five head.

Seriously though....are dual pitch roofs so last year?

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