High-rise, low-carbon Finnieston tower to raise standards
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August 3 2021
Holmes Miller Architects are proposing to build a high-rise, low carbon apartment block on Houldsworth Street Glasgow on behalf of Kelvin Properties.
The build to rent block will is the latest addition to the Finnieston skyline delivering a range of one and two-bedroom apartments over 12 floors. Billed as an 'ultra-low carbon' design the gas-free accommodation is entirely car-free and includes 125% cycle storage, two electric rental car places and a green travel plan.
In a statement, the architects wrote: "The building envelope will have high levels of insulation, and ultra-high levels of airtightness - supported by a whole-house heat recovery ventilation system in each flat, creating a healthy, low-CO2 internal environment. There will be no gas in the building, with all heating and hot water provided by air source heat pumps, and electricity will be generated by a significant amount of photovoltaic (PV) panels in vertical arrays on the south wall, on balcony glass and on spare rooftop areas. The heat will be delivered to the flats through underfloor heating.
"Cooking facilities will be provided by induction hobs and all lighting will be low energy LED. Heat batteries will be provided to store the energy created by the PV."
Occupants will enjoy access to a landscaped backcourt and rooftop deck, as well as private external balconies for each apartment.
Works will necessitate demolition of the former Vulcan Smith Works, a four storey brick warehouse last in use as light industrial workshops at 73 Houldsworth Street.
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