Garscadden Primary site to serve as a model for off-site construction
February 5 2020
Glasgow Housing Association has earmarked 70 mid-market homes for the former Garscadden Primary, Knightswood, in a fast-track approach which it is hoped will serve as a model for future off-site construction by contractor CCG.
Anderson Bell + Christie have been appointed to lead the design which includes a mix of flats, houses and wheelchair accessible properties on the site of a disused 1920’s Glasgow Corporation school formed from red terracotta brick and decorative stone elements.
The plan calls for these buildings to be demolished to allow the street edges to be reinforced with new-build terraces fronting onto central communal gardens designed by HTA.
Detailing the new materiality of weather-resistant off-white render the architects wrote: “In response to the local context, a language of pale textured render, with well-proportioned openings has been employed.
“Within this calm framework, articulated render elements are introduced to provide a sense of scale and detail to the material, while making a nod towards the quoins of the existing school, and the articulation through the colour of the prominent local typology.”
The project has been modelled on MVRDV’s Ypenburg Waterwijk development at the Hague in the Netherlands.