Inner-city intergenerational community to rise in Glasgow
January 10 2022
Build to rent operator Get Living and Stallan Brand architects have followed up their October consultation for the 7.5 acre High Street Goodsyard site in Glasgow with a formal planning application.
Former railway lands have been earmarked for hundreds of new homes and ground floor commercial uses and surrounded by green spaces as part of efforts to establish an intergenerational community.
Combining 823 build to rent apartments and 687 student rooms the development will improve connectivity between High Street and Bell Street with new cycle and pedestrian connections, centred on a new footbridge facilitating movement north to Collegelands and Duke Street.
Nick Ecob, associate director at Stallan Brand told Urban Realm: "The redevelopment of the former High Street Goodsyard is a once in a generation opportunity to repair the urban fabric east of the High Street and deliver much needed new homes and green spaces. We have worked closely with the council and Get Living over the past year to create an ambitious vision that can deliver significant benefits to the local area through a placemaking-led approach.
"The plans will create a resilient urban neighbourhood characterized by high quality, robust buildings that recall the site’s unique heritage as well as a mix of generous green spaces that can support the needs of a diverse community."
The facades of each building share a common 'kit of parts' to create a harmonious aesthetic while permitting variation of order and proportions with extensive use of brick to impart attributes of longevity and robustness.
Particular attention will be given to entrance lobbies, each of which are scaled in proportion with the number of residents, the largest of which will be a centralised 'civic' lobby combining amenities and facilities for all residents at the foot of a 20-storey tower standing at the head of a central green.
From a townscape point of view, you’ve got to question the south to north route and the positioning of the tallest block which signals a cul de sac. One wonders how this will sit with the proposed bridge link to the north and aspirations of visual connectedness and legibility.
Horrible, bloated, developer-led austerity architecture with dull, repetitive facades which, no doubt, will find favour with the local planning review. For such a prominent site, this is depressing and anyone with an elementary grasp of urbanism knows this is thin gruel.
Presumably Land and Environmental Services cannot afford to adopt the public spaces here either and we’ll end up with another privately owned, publicly accessible space to add to that at Buchanan Wharf and the one under construction at Candleriggs.
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