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BALLATER - WADDELL STREET // GLASGOW CITY
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New Gorbals Housing Association
Large scale development
This project occupies a Brownfield site, formerly the site of the Clyde Salvage yard, in the Gorbals. It comprises 48 affordable rented units with a mixture of maisonettes and one/two bedroom flats together with a communal laundry.
Saltire Housing Design Award 2008
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- This development attempts to reconcile the 19th century Glasgow grid.
- The seven-storey building responds to the towers of the neighbouring Waddell Court and rises just above the top of the adjacent tenement gable.
- The four-storey terrace ties in with the scale of the adjacent 1990s Housing Association court.
- The form of the building evolved out of a response to neighbouring developments.
- The geometry of the main street
is gradually distorted to
recognise the north-south alignment. This displacement is exploited in each apartment by the creation of south-westerly orientated living rooms, and
the contribution of a new
garden addressing the street.
- The development is orientated towards sunlight and green space, providing passive surveillance.
- A higher element marks the junction with the main street.
- Glazed window slots orientated towards the south-west draw in sunlight.
- Materials have been kept simple with buff brickwork throughout, punctuated by aluminium clad timber windows and screens.
- The tower is steel framed with metal stud framing to the inner leaf and hollowrib concrete floors.
- The tower roof edges are crisply defined in pre-patinated zinc.
- The terrace is traditional brick and block construction with pre-cast concrete slab floors.
Image © Keith Hunter
Page updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2012