The inner city area of The Gorbals in Glasgow has been the subject of several major regeneration projects over the past 10 years, as planners seek to replace the high-rises built in the 1960s and 70s. Forming part of the Queen Elizabeth Square masterplan, the two blocks provide a total of 110 flats.
The urban design element of the scheme was critical, as new development in the area sought to mend the problems associated with the previous generation of building. The traditional Glasgow tenement was used as the model for the design, with an urban block with streets on three sides, arranged around a communal garden. As part of the masterplan, Hypostyle architects designed a small row of mews houses along the fourth side of the block, offering more open views into the back courtyard and allowing the space to reconnect with the street.
The projects sought to meet high standards for heat and sound insulation, and thermal modelling by DSSR helped to determine the building envelope. Additional services for which DSSR was responsible include fire fighting lifts as part of DSSR's overall fire strategy, disabled access lifts and refuse chutes.
The structure-free floor plate design of the blocks allows for future conversion.
The Gorbals, Glasgow