Sun pod homes light the way in Govan
November 29 2021
Elderpark Housing Association has extended their regeneration of Govan with a further 45 homes at Nimmo Drive designed to housing for varying needs standards though, owing to financial viability, not the Glasgow Standard.
Twin flanking corner blocks divided by Elderpark Street have been identified for the build, home to Elderpark Community Centre and a former warehouse. Led by the JR Group with Mast Architects accommodation will rely solely on on-street parking, freeing up amenity space behind both blocks and the potential to connect with an existing community garden.
In their design statement, the architects observed: "Main entranceways for the closes for both blocks are set back off the main tenement line on Elderpark Street. The facade carries on for a single storey to maintain the strong street frontages. This creates defensible open space courtyards at the closes.
"Stepping back units allows us to have achieve ramped barrier-free access to the wheelchair units whilst maintaining a +450mm floor level to provide privacy to the ground floor units. This also helps reduce the elevation massing."
Facades are to be articulated with recessed brick panels and buff brick soldier course detailing around windows, which include a lower spandrel panel to match the dimensions of adjacent tenement windows. Projecting sun pods will provide private external space to upper-level flats while ground floor apartments benefit from larger glazed openings and private terraces.
The range of one to three-bed apartments will range in size from 53sq/m to 93sq/m.
Lack of appropriate engagement with the existing buildings -- sloppy / lazy.
Filler but not much else.
Sun pod -- interesting if a bit optimistic.
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