ARCHITECTURE: Affordable Housing
George Buchanan Architects
Located on the busy high street of Springburn Way, this development has brought 40 new affordable homes to the local community in North Glasgow.
The development occupies a formerly vacant site which had left a void on the high street, negatively impacting on the wider streetscape. Reflecting the design of traditional tenement buildings, the development is formed of two, four storey blocks, repairing the street edges to both Springburn Way and Atlas Road. Material choices offer a contemporary reflection on the surrounding red sandstone, with a rich multi finish brick. Circulation cores have been denoted in a contrasting brick, to provide variety to the streetscape and denote entrances. Wider improvements across the site include enhanced landscaping and an accessible children's play area, contributing positively to the public realm.
A considered environmental approach was at the heart of the design strategy. A fabric first approach to construction was utilised, whilst photovoltaic panels and a wastewater recovery system were integrated in order to reduce external energy demands and reduce utility bills for residents.