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September 19 2019

New Gorbals rise to housing challenge with a signature tower

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.

A splayed profile will help break down the massing along key vistas
A splayed profile will help break down the massing along key vistas
Finished properties will be faced in grey-brown brick with tenement scale windows
Finished properties will be faced in grey-brown brick with tenement scale windows

Northgate will rise to visual prominence on the key Crown Street axis
Northgate will rise to visual prominence on the key Crown Street axis
Northgate will take on a radically different character dependant on vantage
Northgate will take on a radically different character dependant on vantage

The roofscape has been conceived as a literal 'crown' of Crown Street
The roofscape has been conceived as a literal 'crown' of Crown Street

5 Comments

Glasgow Bob
#1 Posted by Glasgow Bob on 20 Sep 2019 at 06:39 AM
Seems overscale for the area compared to the 3 storey block to every side. Bit too much like the development on Egliton Road/Cumberland Street and that one isn't pretty.
Basil Spent
#2 Posted by Basil Spent on 20 Sep 2019 at 08:49 AM
Shame that the original idea behind the Crown Street Redevelopment Project has been lost in subsequent phases. This proposal feels out of place alongside the original five phases, especially in terms of scale, although I do appreciate what P\P are trying to do.
amid a sea of roads
#3 Posted by amid a sea of roads on 20 Sep 2019 at 12:19 PM
In the bigger cityscape, this is memorable though - Navigable. Cognitive. Orientates you. - that sorta thing.
Jackfruit Tostadas
#4 Posted by Jackfruit Tostadas on 20 Sep 2019 at 15:31 PM
The flat on the right is classic 'cram a layout in to fit the shape on the sketch you've just done' material.

I quite like the massing but the plan form is absolutely manky.
E=mc2
#5 Posted by E=mc2 on 20 Sep 2019 at 18:05 PM
Bit 'bleh' including colour of brick!

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