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Finnieston flats promise 'liveable density'

November 9 2021

Finnieston flats promise 'liveable density'

Nevis Properties have filed plans for a £10m residential development in Finnieston, Glasgow, with an emphasis on sustainability.

Located on the site of a former brass foundry currently used as offices the Haus Collective designed block will deliver 64 apartments, each with a private balcony.

A range of green technologies will be employed for the build which runs off a centralised combined heat and power system that harnesses 'reclaimed heat' to supplement six electric vehicle charging docks. A solar panel array will be installed on the roof, which also hosts three amenity spaces for residents including a seventh-floor rooftop terrace, an outdoor exercise space and a communal veranda for al fresco dining.

Marc Taylor, director at Nevis Properties, said: "For Glasgow to continue to evolve as a dynamic, contemporary city, and recover from the pandemic, there is a need to create quality housing in prime locations which enhances the urban fabric of the city and attracts the very best talent.

“As Glasgow becomes ever more popular with larger businesses, there is a growing need to meet the surging demand for premium living accommodation at a price point which fits the needs of buyers and renters. That’s why we want to develop a property which will not only develop a real community, but also become the gold standard for sustainable developments in future.”

Informed by the writing of urbanist David Sim the plans prioritise 'controllable' outdoor spaces around a single T-plan building where the massing permits a variety of external communal and private spaces. 

A variety of controlled outdoor spaces will be formed on different levels
A variety of controlled outdoor spaces will be formed on different levels
Rising through nine floors the apartments will frame the approach to the SEC complex
Rising through nine floors the apartments will frame the approach to the SEC complex


Neil C
#1 Posted by Neil C on 9 Nov 2021 at 14:22 PM
Wouldn't it be more sustainable to retain and repurpose the well-maintained office building that's already here? There are brownfield sites across Glasgow crying out for a development like this, where you wouldn't have to tear down a perfectly viable structure beforehand.
Jimbob Tanktop
#2 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 9 Nov 2021 at 16:11 PM
I've read some tone-deaf PR blubs in my time but that's something special. I like the idea that Glasgow only needs quality housing now it's attracting non-Glaswegians.
#3 Posted by Spike on 9 Nov 2021 at 18:25 PM
Agree with comments from Neil C above, ie reuse of present building, surely sustainability of current building has to be taken into account ?
Ghetto King
#4 Posted by Ghetto King on 10 Nov 2021 at 08:51 AM
Another nondescript plan as Glasgow builds back ghettos.
Do we really need another block of new age tenements that look like a Blue Peter project made from cereal boxes?
#5 Posted by MV on 10 Nov 2021 at 09:09 AM
#6 Posted by Harry on 10 Nov 2021 at 11:03 AM
There's nothing wrong with the proposed building itself, but, as Neil C says, it would be much more appropriate and sustainable to repurpose the existing building, which looks very well maintained and has some architectural significance. If planning bodies gave half a fu*k about sustainability demolition would considered only as a *very last* resort, repurpose and refurbishment would be encouraged as the default approach to redevelopment.

Paul Sweeney was going to object to the demolition of the brass foundry. Wonder what happened with that
Net Zero
#7 Posted by Net Zero on 10 Nov 2021 at 13:33 PM
Whats missing from this article are photos of the existing building - this would be criminal to demolish a perfectly well kept building instead of repurposing it. A stones throw from the UN blue zone for COP 26, how can we approve demolition when we've spent a week telling the world the planet is dying. As architects we have a moral obligation and the council surely must reject this.
#8 Posted by MV on 10 Nov 2021 at 14:36 PM
This is a genuine question. What do architects do in a situation where the client wants to demolish a perfectly good, albeit small, building, when the architect believes it should be kept? If you don't do it, someone else will, right? Do you walk away from it on principle?
Brass Neck
#9 Posted by Brass Neck on 10 Nov 2021 at 16:06 PM
#8 That's the sort of line line Arup appear to be taking.
Sue Pearman
#10 Posted by Sue Pearman on 10 Nov 2021 at 17:53 PM
Am wondering why they don't turn the corner with a simple L-shape instead of having a T with half the building in the back-court. It's very strange and probably related to the number of units they gain. As are the high density of small 1 bed single aspect flats and the fact the design is 2 storeys too tall.
#11 Posted by HMR on 10 Nov 2021 at 19:54 PM
More poor form and planning arrangement from Haus. Equally poor planning on their scheme alongside Glasgow Green.
#12 Posted by GDC on 12 Nov 2021 at 10:48 AM
6 electric vehicle charging points for 64 apartments?
Jimbob Tanktop
#13 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 12 Nov 2021 at 14:20 PM
That seems fair. Not every ICE-driven car has its own petrol pump

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