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Glasgow Housing Association, St. Andrews Crescent

Glasgow Housing Association, St. Andrews Crescent

We have been selected to be on the framework of architects to work for the Glasgow Housing Association, (the GHA). This project was the smaller of two feasibility studies and the movie describes the study across both sites beginning with St Andrew’s Crescent. (For the other site follow this link (click here). The site consists of two deck-access slab blocks of flats connected to each other with aerial walkways arranged as an L-shape facing onto the corner of St Andrews drive and Shields Road. It was considered too expensive and politically impossible to demolish the blocks. Our objectives were therefore to abolish the deck access and to replace with external stairs and to give the reconfigured flats external independent access, private gardens where possible or external terrace area.. The section shows how this was achieved using external staircases and reducing the overall height of the block.

The space in front was developed as a three storey quarter-crescent with a section derived from the Edinburgh Colony house typology. On the ground floor are single storey flats facing outwards with private gardens. On the inner side are maisonettes with pairs of flats sharing an external staircase which between stairs defines a zone of private gardens. Between the reconstituted L-block and the crescent is a shared green accessed only by tenants an idea already successfully constructed at Graham Square and Moore street for Molendinar Park Housing Association.

The project has been abandoned .

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