Anderston Phase 4 & 5 is the culmination of ten years of construction at the Anderston Regeneration Masterplan in the city of Glasgow. Following the completion of Phases 1-3, CCG commenced works to deliver the final 206 properties of the five-phase, 542 unit development in 2017 with full completion in summer-2018.
Prior to beginning construction, the development site, which sits along St Vincent Street and Houldsworth Street in the west of the city, was home to a series of multi-storey blocks that were constructed during the 1970s. These homes were deemed to be unsuitable for residents with cramped conditions and extensive damp throughout each of the buildings and with general disrepair throughout, the decision was taken to demolish the apartment blocks and replace them with a modern, energy efficient alternative.
Phase 4 & 5 comprises five blocks of apartments reaching seven stories with a mix of brick and sandstone used for the elevations, a choice of aesthetic that is representative of the historic nature of the adjacent residential schemes. Each flatted block has been constructed around a series of large open spaces and pedestrian routes, delivering on a key aim of promoting connectivity between the opposing ends of Argyle Street from Anderston to Finnieston and the West End, something that was incapable of being delivered via the previous housing typology. Pedestrians and cyclists are now afforded with a direct route through the development that is complemented by generous recreational and green spaces uninterrupted by vehicles.
Of the 206 apartments, 86 units have been provided for social rent whilst 123 units are for shared-equity/ mid-market rent all delivered in a mix of two and three bedrooms. Each property offers a spacious layout whilst selected properties benefit from floor to ceiling height windows and balconies.
Phase 4-5 is a pedestrian-only zone with 50% parking provided for the social rent properties along the Houldsworth side of the development. A series of pedestrian routes offer direct access to the parking spaces to and from the apartment blocks.
CCG constructed Phase 4 & 5 by utilising a mix of traditional blockwork and the ‘iQ’ panelised timber frame system. For the apartment blocks aligned to St Vincent Street, a single storey of blockwork was utilised with the timber frame system installed atop reaching five storeys. The apartments located along Elliott St and Houldsworth Street reach seven storeys and were constructed using six stories of the ‘iQ’ timber frame system, a first for CCG. The ‘iQ’ system itself was completed to stage 3 of the OSM process with insulation, internal wall linings, windows and doors pre-installed, enabling the development to be constructed fully wind and watertight (excl. closes) within 36 weeks.
All internal, flat entrance and common stairwell timber door sets were also designed and manufactured by CCG Manufacturing.
Through the use of this system, energy-saving appliances and solar PV, residents can expect long-term energy savings thanks to a more efficient use of energy and a reduction in heat loss.
CCG’s commitment to community benefit initiatives was sustained for the entirety of the masterplan’s construction programme and this was continued at Phase 4-5 including 6 full-time jobs; the sustaining of 20 trade apprenticeships; 5 work placements, and curriculum support for students studying at Glasgow Kelvin College, West College Scotland and the local primary schools of Anderston. Donations to local charities and SMEs were also delivered alongside a number of public art projects including the infamous Anderston Hippos that were fully reinstated within the main public realm space alongside some additional outdoor leisure facilities.
The final addition to the masterplan came in December 2018 when the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon formally unveiled the world’s first Charles Rennie Mackintosh statue. Designed by the famed artist Andy Scott, the statue is located on the corner of St Vincent Street and Elliott Street and was commissioned by Sanctuary Group.
*Aerial photograph credit: Collective Architecture