New Gorbals rise to housing challenge with a signature tower
September 19 2019
Page\Park have come forward with the latest residential proposals for the Gorbals with plans to erect a prominent seven-storey block on Crown Street.
Commissioned by New Gorbals Housing Association Northgate continues the signature brick treatment of the new Laurieston masterplan with 33 flats for social rent situated close to the housing associations newly completed HQ.
Topped by a series of raised monopitch roofs the build commands a prominent presence in the streetscape and skyline to help anchor the surrounding area.
The architects wrote: “The building is designed to have no backs and present a frontage to all sides. At Laurieston Road the distinct roofline breaks up the tenement line, with a more informal window arrangement to the library car park.
“The elevation terminating Old Rutherglen Road is dominated by the dramatic roof profile crowning the façade.”
Projecting bays serve to break the mass of the building down with three fingers of living space positioned to maximise views toward the city centre. Deep-set balconies alternating between full and Juliet are used to add articulation to these elements.
These meet the ground via a quartet of small courts which provide a treeline along Laurieston Road. Northgate is finished in a palette of grey-brown brick with a feature pre-cast panel at ground level denoting the entrance and laundry.
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