Cumbernauld embraces post-high-rise future
April 3 2019
Sanctuary Homes and Collective Architecture have worked up proposals to replace a high-rise housing estate to the north of Cumbernauld town centre.
Burns Road, Kildrum, is currently occupied by three tower blocks and a multi-storey car park, all of which is due to be swept away later this year as part of wider plans to move away from high-rise housing.
The proposed scheme will retain a landscape belt of parkland and trees, replacing current housing with 136 new buiold flats focused on a central roundabout, bordered by a feature crescent bookended by feature red zinc gables.
Documenting their planned approach in a formal planning application Collective wrote: “The proposed urban form creates distinctive nodes and vistas via zinc clad gable ends. Responding to the steep and complex topography, the roof-scape of the development is varied. The pitched roofs of flats are alternated, celebrating the traditional Scottish gable form.
“The unique form of the curved block to the north of site responds to the shape of the site to provide a signature landmark. The varied block forms and scale provide a mix of different occupancy levels to provide a range of social interaction opportunities for the residents. This also creates a varied rhythm to the elevations along the new street, providing interest and identity, while retaining coherent aesthetic across the whole development.”
Finished in grey/light toned brick ground floor areas will be accentuated through the use of red glazed brick headers with full height recessed windows, arched entrances and balconies creating deep shadow details.