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Calton Village masterplan points Glasgow’s east end in a new direction

October 31 2019

Calton Village masterplan points Glasgow’s east end in a new direction

Hypostyle Architects have drawn up plans for 254 homes on brownfield land off the Gallowgate in the heart of Glasgow’s east end.

Spearheaded by the Wheatley Group Calton Village will comprise a mix of three-storey townhouses and apartments finished in a variety of facing brick and composite weatherboarding spread across three separate phases.

Located alongside the proposed regeneration of an adjacent Meat Market the housing will rise to seven floors at its highest point across the 6-acre site.

The scheme would sit to the immediate west of Graham Square, a development for Molendinar Park Housing Association by Richard Murphy Architects, jmarchitects, Elder & Cannon and Page\Park.

30 houses are planned alongside 224 new apartments
30 houses are planned alongside 224 new apartments
Despite the village moniker the intention is to build a high-density urban environment
Despite the village moniker the intention is to build a high-density urban environment

The current site plan as submitted to planning
The current site plan as submitted to planning
The development will be predominantly six storeys with one block rising to eight
The development will be predominantly six storeys with one block rising to eight


reject, reject, reject
#1 Posted by reject, reject, reject on 31 Oct 2019 at 10:32 AM
That is such utter dross. It's as though someone dared them to see how bad a proposal they'd be willing to submit. I usually assume that when you see an inner city development called "village" you are dealing with people that would never choose to live in a city themselves and can't understand why anyone else would want to, but even so that is anti-urban keech to an unbelievable extent
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 31 Oct 2019 at 10:34 AM
The single most pitifully disjointed anti-urban thing imaginable. If this gets through, disband the planning department.
#3 Posted by David on 31 Oct 2019 at 10:52 AM
Dreadful. The grid street system is already set out! Follow that with 5-6 storey blocks. It is not difficult!
Also would the developer not consider buying out that awful MOT centre and single storey row of shops to undertake a complete redevelopment of the block?
Partick Bateman
#4 Posted by Partick Bateman on 31 Oct 2019 at 11:30 AM
To use architectural language, it's 'respectful' and 'in-keeping' with the rest of Calton.
There seems to be zero ambition here to improve the area.
#5 Posted by Aerba on 31 Oct 2019 at 12:10 PM
This is awful. For anywhere never mind an inner city block.
Where's the relationship to the grid? The bulk?
Is Glasgow the only city that continually makes these same mistakes?
#6 Posted by Dan on 31 Oct 2019 at 12:16 PM
This is pathetic for a site within a mile of the city centre.
Gallowgate should be bustling with commerce.
This site needs to be high density incorporated into the grid. Why cant they see that.
Sue Pearman
#7 Posted by Sue Pearman on 31 Oct 2019 at 12:32 PM
I can only hope that Wheatley and Hypostyle are hanging their heads that this has escaped the drawing board. Utterly lacking the appropriate scale, density and urban form that the Graham Square developments were meant to spearhead. It has more in common with the dreadful 80's developments across the road than any modern concepts of urban development. Shame.
#8 Posted by Asimov on 31 Oct 2019 at 16:29 PM
What a mess... Whoever come to idea of yet another city centre 'village' - please, take a rest. Perfect scarifying joke for Halloween - this one is on you guys.
City Design?
#9 Posted by City Design? on 1 Nov 2019 at 13:09 PM
I can see from the submitted application form that there were several pre-app meetings with GCC, particularly the City Design Tsar Raffaele Esposito. I wonder how much meddling was imposed on Hypostyle.....Must do better.
Nairn's Bairn
#10 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 1 Nov 2019 at 15:24 PM
Compare with how densely populated the Sydney Street / Armour Street area was at the end of the Victorian era and how it was eventually reduced to just one tenement

I remember when these green fields were all tenements!

It will be interesting to see if this progresses into the area to the north west of the plan, a much larger area formerly occupied by the meat market/cattle market.
Nairns Bairn
#11 Posted by Nairns Bairn on 1 Nov 2019 at 15:27 PM
Further to the above, I now actually clicked on ER's link in the article to the Meat Market proposals, which look very good and much more worthy of the urban context!
nathan wright
#12 Posted by nathan wright on 2 Nov 2019 at 19:59 PM
I presume they will be named Farage Court, Tice Row, Widdecombe Place etc just to complete the bleak post Brexit picture………….
#13 Posted by Glaswegian on 4 Nov 2019 at 13:22 PM
The urbicide goes on.
Glen Rothes
#14 Posted by Glen Rothes on 4 Nov 2019 at 23:37 PM
I don`t normally comment on here but this design and layout is so bad that it has to be stopped in it`s tracks. All over our city our major thoroughfares have big gaps or whole sections missing and instead of rebuilding our main urban corridors, already connected to good public transport, we build.... urban villages. "Villages" that look like a low density estate in Glenrothes and give no nod whatsoever as to the fantastic traditional styles that used to predominate in our city. There are a lot of nice modern buildings that have been built(not having a go at modernity!) but this is so bland it could be anywhere. Why the aversion to buildings that look like they belong to Glasgow or at least give a nod to the place? Why very little front on to Gallowgate? Existing street lines? Oooodles of stunning buildings all over the city to inspire you .... nah, ok then.
John Glenday
#15 Posted by John Glenday on 5 Nov 2019 at 10:28 AM
I should clarify that the number of houses on-site is 30. Not 33 as stated previously. Also, the site plan has been developed further and currently takes the form depicted in the new images presented above.
new Glaswegian
#16 Posted by new Glaswegian on 6 Nov 2019 at 15:10 PM
Seriously, this is the site:
Just go on and do this:

Really, it's not difficult.
In the second picture you have what makes Glasgow unique. And elegant. And walkable, and liveable, and urban, and interesting.

Stop destroying it.
Derek Wilson
#17 Posted by Derek Wilson on 7 Nov 2019 at 11:06 AM
It would appear the proposal has gone through a design process and not taken much heed of the Design Guide for New Residential Areas. I would have expected a Preliminary Design Audit to be included in the documentation on the planning site.
Hunter Reid
#18 Posted by Hunter Reid on 19 Feb 2021 at 22:24 PM
It seems very surprising indeed to me that the team involved in the fabulous and very successful Graham Square were not involved in Calton Village and what a ludicrous name for an urban development.

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