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July 22 2021

Garden suburb apartments to replace inter-war Bellahouston church

A disused church in the inter-war garden suburb of Bellahouston, Glasgow, is to be redeveloped to provide 35 homes for social rent and associated amenity space.

The former United Reformed Church on Mosspark Boulevard opened in 1929 to designs by Thomson, Sandilands & MacLeod but has lain empty since 2019, subsequently being acquired for development by Southside Housing Association, with 3DReid Architects entrusted with the design.

Drawing upon the characteristic red sandstone tenement blocks which define the city, as well as art nouveau detailing of the former church, the new build apartments employ red brick masonry in the main, contrasted with a striking shift to white brick for the more intimate setting of a residents courtyard.

Maximising light and marking the transition from public to private space this courtyard will open out via a collonade onto an area of retained mature green space and nature trail.

Ruta Turcinaviciute, project designer at 3DReid said: “We have been working with Southside Housing Association and Glasgow City Council since 2015 to deliver an affordable housing scheme on this very complex site. The planning application marks a significant step for the project after such a long design development process. We hope that our proposal will create high-quality social rent homes in the area and contribute to the wider community.“

The mix of one to three-bedroom apartments, 10% meeting adaptability standards, will benefit from generous bay windows and achieve Option 1 Gold hybrid sustainability standards.

3DReid was assisted by Will Rudd Davidson, Harley Haddow and Armour in preparing the design. 

A brick colonnade demarks transition from a private residents courtyard to public nature trail
A brick colonnade demarks transition from a private residents courtyard to public nature trail
A view of the courtyard entrance as seen from the neighbouring green space
A view of the courtyard entrance as seen from the neighbouring green space

An interior courtyard opens up light and views
An interior courtyard opens up light and views
Red brick is used to harmonise with inter-war Glasgow Corporation housing
Red brick is used to harmonise with inter-war Glasgow Corporation housing

The 1929 church had become too expensive to maintain for its congregation
The 1929 church had become too expensive to maintain for its congregation
The gushet block will rise to a height of five storeys
The gushet block will rise to a height of five storeys

1 Comment

Daniel
#1 Posted by Daniel on 23 Jul 2021 at 09:22 AM
Nice use of a challenging site.

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