Design Awards 2011
10 Pearce Street, Govan
Winner: Design Award
The small, tight site sits within Govan town centre which has recently been designated a conservation area. It is surrounded by A-listed buildings but adjacent to the site of now demolished former shipbuilding yards.
The height of the adjacent listed building limited development to seven storeys and required very compact economical planning to accommodate the brief for 27 flats with 69 bed spaces.
The apartments occupy the whole site footprint up to the boundary. Consequently the North and West elevations, which front the street, are the only elevations where habitable rooms could be located. The advantage of this arrangement is all rooms are afforded stunning views across the Clyde. The common areas, stairs, lifts and circulation spaces are on the South elevation where windows have been recessed back from the boundary to allow sunlight into sitting areas. A South facing loggia is positioned over the central boiler plant.
In terms of material sustainability, a steel frame was opted for because steel structural elements can be recycled repeatedly without loss of property or performance. Recycled aggregate has been used in the concrete floor slabs and concrete block walls which also assist in providing thermal mass and sound proofing. All timber is FSC certified.
With close proximity to public transport, shops, churches, banks, pub, Post Office etc, and with the new ability crossings to these facilities, the development will achieve BREEAM excellent status.
Said one Bield resident looking out from her living room over the Clyde to the ‘Glenlea’ and the Transport Museum, “I never thought I would ever have a flat as good as this” having just returned from a Sunday lunch get-together with other residents in the sun space on the top floor of her building!