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Funding secured for Hamiltonhill ‘urban suburb’

February 12 2019

Funding secured for Hamiltonhill ‘urban suburb’

Queens Cross Housing Association have won £40m in funding from M&G Investments to progress plans for an ‘urban suburb’ in Hamiltonhill, Glasgow.

A masterplan prepared by Collective Architecture calls for the delivery of 600 homes, half of which will be managed by Queens Cross at affordable rents with the remainder released for private sale.

Development of the site has been made possible by the delivery of a new drainage system connected to the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Queens Cross chief executive Shona Stephen said: “As part of the development this investment will deliver new park and green space along with community and commercial developments that will transform long-term vacant and derelict land.”

Site preparations are expected to begin in the spring.


#1 Posted by monkey9000 on 12 Feb 2019 at 20:54 PM
Pardon my ignorance but how does a drainage system to the canal below the site make the site at the top of the hill more amenable?
Walt Disney
#2 Posted by Walt Disney on 13 Feb 2019 at 09:43 AM
Not an expert, but I suggest that the local Scottish Water network is either at capacity or is a combined system. Therefore the only course to remove storm water is to treat and attenuate before outflowing into the canal, which is a very sustaibnable solution, so long as the flow and flood mapping are 100% correct. This has enabled development opportunities along this corridor.
#3 Posted by wonky on 13 Feb 2019 at 11:23 AM
How is it possible to have an 'urban suburb'? What does it mean, honestly- is it simply creating a suburban car centred development in an urban setting? At first glance the amount of negative space in this proposal is quite striking. I'm not sure if the planners realise just how windswept & grim Glasgow can be on any given day- add a prominent site on a hill- & wide open spaces multiply the effect of grimness. Even some nominal concession to higher density on the periphery of the development would ameliorate the exposure of the location- or maybe people just don't care as they will spend so little time there anyway- merely jump in their mobile pollution generators & off they go to the city centre or nearest out of town shopping plaza? Oh well, at least there's some trees.
A Local Pleb
#4 Posted by A Local Pleb on 13 Feb 2019 at 13:07 PM
Gee whizz #3 you ooze negativity, as The Smiths once sang "Heaven knows I'm miserable now".
#5 Posted by Pablo on 13 Feb 2019 at 13:20 PM
#4 He's Spot on, though. It looks like a badly proportioned development.
#6 Posted by jaded on 13 Feb 2019 at 13:25 PM
#3 I'm with you. What on gods earth is an urban suburb? Whatever it is, it sounds like it was invented in the bowels of strip-mall rust-belt hollowed-out America.

I can only conclude it is for the purpose of trolling the metropolitan elite of Glasgow.

This scheme is terrible on so many levels.
#7 Posted by Stylecouncil on 13 Feb 2019 at 20:02 PM
Can’t Collective and QCHA just admitt they are designing a suburb... without the shallow oxymoron of Urban Suburb. Total bullshit.

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