58 homes to take the place of former Greenock school
April 4 2019
Mast Architects have brought forward plans for 58 homes off Greenock’s Kilmacolm Road on behalf of Cloch Housing Association.
The infill development will take place on a vacant site left by the demolition of King Glens School, characterised by a substantial slope rising from the north of the site to the southern boundary along Kilmacolm Road.
Outlining some of these challenges in a design statement filed with Inverclyde Council Mast wrote: “The most challenging aspect of this site has been the topography, which has not only influenced some of the house designs but also dictated area’s suitable for amenity/open space. The row of semi-detached houses lining Kilmacolm road start as standard two storey house types and change into split level houses toward the steepest gradient in the south-east corner.
“The split-level houses have been carefully designed to appear as two storey houses from the front and rear elevations although in section they cover three storeys. This design has helped to reduce a dramatic retaining wall that would have been required along the Kilmacolm banking.”
Having ruled out render owing to the exposed nature of the site it was decided to proceed with more robust brick facades, with feature Dutch gables and brick corbelling demarking the gateway into the development.