Design Awards 2013
Garscube Road, Maryhill
The mainstream housing to Garscube Road is situated on two previously undeveloped brownfield sites, formally occupied by weaving and dying mills, located close to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Since the decline of the mills, the existing tenements and other industrial land in the area has suffered from neglect, and the identity of the area has become lost due to poor the definition of street corners, and the loss of the traditional tenement street pattern.
The Garscube Road project consists of 64 new build flats accessed from tenement style closes and 18 houses, in the Maryhill area of Glasgow. A 6 storey flatted development, together with 8 terraced houses, form a new urban block to one site, whilst the adjacent west site contains a 4 storey block of flats and a further 10 houses. The mixed tenure development also includes home-stake units.
In redeveloping the site, Collective Architecture has sought to maximise on the sites’ assets, by re-introducing a strong urban street edge, and by providing flats that offer residents views towards the Maryhill Canal, and across towards Glasgow’s West End. The two sites, together with the Hopehill sheltered housing development, which Collective Architecture has also completed for Queens Cross Housing Association, employ a similar aesthetic approach. The main facades to the public roads are broken up with a mix of different brick types, textures and colours. These reflect the rich palette of materials in the surrounding buildings.
The project has been developed in consultation with the local steering group, which includes the local police liaison officer and Glasgow City Council Land Services. The homes all achieve Band ‘A’ energy efficiency and the Garscube Road housing, together with the Hopehill sheltered housing, represent the largest new build hot water solar panel installation in the Scotland, at the time of their completion.