Design Awards 2012
Housing at Golspie Street and Shaw Street
This project has transformed an exposed gap site to provide 102 new dwellings for rent, shared ownership and sale. It is Govan Housing Association’s largest new-build project which forms part of an ongoing regeneration effort in the area.
The majority of the development is a terrace on Golspie Street, re-instating the historic street alignment and providing a strong public edge to the recently designated Central Govan Conservation Area.
The new terrace on Golspie Street and the infill at Shaw Street complete the perimeter of this dense mixed use urban block. This encloses a new courtyard, where safe and supervised play and informal meeting is encouraged on South orientated paths and greened spaces
In a re-interpretation of the traditional tenement typology the terrace blocks place one flat to either side of a common landing, full height curtain wall glazing at the street and courtyard edges then allow visibility and sunlight to penetrate through the building, providing barrier free access from both sides.
A neutral brick forms the the background and plinth material with alternating raised modules in black rain-screen cladding, while projecting pods create a play of shadow and colour on the facade and accommodate dining spaces – this provides a unique identity to each home.
The colour palette for the dining pods was informed by a period of research into the traditional wally close tiles commonly found in tenement stairwells around Govan and Glasgow. These source colours can be found within adjacent streets to the new dwellings.