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First homes break ground at Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary

October 19 2020

First homes break ground at Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary

Sanctuary Group has begun the first phase of a residential-led redevelopment of Glasgow's former Victoria Infirmary which will deliver 135 affordable homes and 11 shops.

The £29.3m project includes a mix of mid-market, social rent and shared equity properties and will ultimately constitute 413 new homes.

Sanctuary director Peter Martin said: “These affordable homes will be highly sought after and bring new life to a historic site, sowing seeds for the south side’s newest community.

“New public realm will complement this first phase of homes, creating an attractive, traffic-free route through the development from Battlefield to Queen’s Park.”

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken added: "Sanctuary is taking a really important site and retaining and reusing the best of its existing buildings to ensure it continues to be a focal point in the neighbourhood – through quality, affordable housing, places for work and new civic space.”

The Collective Architecture designed homes will start to be handed over from summer 2022.

Groundworks are now well advanced for the first of 413 homes at the former hospital
Groundworks are now well advanced for the first of 413 homes at the former hospital


#1 Posted by David on 19 Oct 2020 at 13:18 PM
Great to see this scheme starting. In my opinion one of the best large scale residential schemes to break ground in Scotland, especially with the retention of the listed and some of the unlisted historical buildings on site.
Whispering Andy
#2 Posted by Whispering Andy on 19 Oct 2020 at 13:32 PM
Whisper it.....but the best thing about that render is the Battlefield Rest. It really lifts it - without that it would still look good though.
Squealing Andrea
#3 Posted by Squealing Andrea on 20 Oct 2020 at 09:35 AM
Squeal it... looks average.
Ghetto King
#4 Posted by Ghetto King on 20 Oct 2020 at 10:05 AM
Amazing how Glasgow is still building ghettos in the 21st century. Really high density accommodation coupled with higher levels of traffic. What was the decision to reroute the roads around the Battlefield Rest? This could have been so much more but it is so much less.
#5 Posted by Chris on 20 Oct 2020 at 12:04 PM
#4 Higher density accommodation is what cities should be building.

Not everyone wants to live on a Barratt estate.
Joe Rooney
#6 Posted by Joe Rooney on 20 Oct 2020 at 12:07 PM
High Density does not equate to ghetto!
jimbob tanktop
#7 Posted by jimbob tanktop on 20 Oct 2020 at 13:20 PM
#4) I don't think 'ghetto' means what you think it means.
#8 Posted by Charlie_ on 20 Oct 2020 at 14:55 PM
Did you get lost on your way to evening times comments section, Ghetto King?
#9 Posted by David on 20 Oct 2020 at 15:47 PM
#4 Ghetto King, um no I don't think this is Glasgow "building a ghetto" in the 21st Century. Firstly, it is a private developer, secondly the materials and design are of very high quality, thirdly a high density solution is exactly what a site in central Glasgow like this one requires, and lastly it is a mix of private rental, shared equity, social rent and private sale properties. This mix will lead to a very diverse and sustainable urban quarter, or is the New Gorbals a 21st Century ghetto too?
#10 Posted by HMR on 21 Oct 2020 at 08:39 AM
Excellent scheme, long overdue and really glad the gable ends descending down the hill have been retained. Urban density in inner-city Glasgow is exactly what we need. More of this please.
RM Kartoffel
#11 Posted by RM Kartoffel on 6 Dec 2020 at 10:02 AM
What worries me is that the old building doesnt appear at all on their visualisations. Probably knock it all down to fit in another couple blocks. And the destruction of heritage continues in the race to fill every space with unornamented soulless brick and concrete boxes.
#12 Posted by SayWhat?!? on 4 Feb 2021 at 10:59 AM
#11 - The existing facade is pretty prominent on the original renders (linked in the article) just not on the one selected for this article. Assuming you don't have much experience in conservation work if you think they can "Probably knock it all down"....
Ed Stewart
#13 Posted by Ed Stewart on 7 Feb 2021 at 22:20 PM
This was originally a private development and we will now end up with a poor tenure mix. What happened since the site was bought over 4 years ago? Guessing Sanctuary took cold feet to a full private development.

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