Land With Development Opportunity
Erection of 56 2bedroom flats and 4 retail units and associated works including 100% on-site parking & landscaped gardens.
From the earliest examination of the site and the immediate environs, the most striking elements were the multi storey flats and their relationship with the site and the Housing association tenemental properties opposite. Equally the proximity of the site to two major roads and the Parkhead football stadium and the impact it has on the site were significant factors.
Given that West Whitby Street is not particularly wide and is bordered to the south by the proposed development site and to the north by four storey tenements, it was felt that a development which ran parallel to that would be imposing on the existing housing association houses and that a more open form of development would be more appropriate. Accordingly it was decided that a series of small blocks at right angles to West Whitby Street was more appropriate. This layout not only opened up the street but provided the opportunity to integrate open space and car parking between the blocks, allowing easy access to both car parking and open space for residents. It also allowed for the existing car parking on the south side of the street, which is currently enjoyed by the residents of the housing association flats, to be retained for their use.
Whilst positioning the blocks end on to the street provided the advantages outlined above, it was felt that at street level there was still a need to provide some continuum to the linear element of the street and to this end the design incorporates a linking wall detail between each block. This not only delivers a strong horizontal feature but provides privacy for residents without being perceived as a barrier to movement across the street.
The layout not only makes provision for amenity open space associated with each block, but incorporates a large open space for the use of all the residents in the centre of the development. Not only is this a pleasing space but benefits from the security of being overlooked by the adjacent blocks, which provide a high level of self supervision.
In positioning the blocks in this manner it has also been possible to provide easy access for refusal disposal without the refuse points being dominant in the scheme yet still easily accessible by the refuse service.
In the tradition of the Glasgow tenement the proposal emphasises the two corners by elevating the scale of the blocks and by using this device to effectively turn the corners. On the west side the development envisages a number of small shops on the ground floor. This is in response to two particular requirements, namley the difficulty of providing privacy for a flat at that corner but also to reflect the fact that… is a major route with commercial premises along its edge. In incorporating a small number of shops the commercial nature of the street at this location is maintained.
The design of the layout has successfully delivered a density of development commensurate with this inner city site and has achieved this in a manner which has produced an imaginative and highly effective solution and one which has created a development of considerable quality.
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