The Anderston Regeneration is a five-phase multi-award winning project that has changed the face of a key urban quarter in Glasgow city centre. CCG commenced works in on the first phase in 2009 and completed the final phase in 2018 to deliver 542 new, mixed-tenure homes.
This area of Glasgow has undergone a series of facelifts throughout the last 60 years, each trying to resolve the problem of providing affordable housing for a heavily populated township area. The first was the demolition of Victorian tenements in the 1960’s. Gone were the damp, cramped tenemental properties that were replaced with factory-built, concrete low rise blocks of flats, a solution that never solved or improved conditions for the residents.
The Anderston Regeneration Masterplan sought to change this by demolishing the flatted blocks and replacing them with a modern housing solution designed with a philosophy underpinned by the famous Anderston community. The new masterplan was never instigated to displace existing residents and the housing solution was always designed with a focus on ensuring that the community was kept together, a challenge in itself given the level of density required across the phases. Phase 1 -3 has then delivered a modern mix of flatted tenemental house types across a range of 2-storey townhouses and 4, 5 and 6-storey flats.
Phases 1 and 2 were completed in 2011 and brought with it a total of 178 flats for social rent designed with a unique mix of traditional brickwork and multi-coloured aluminium panels – one block in Phase 2 even has a homage to the famous Scottish comedian, Billy Connelly.
Phase 3A and 3B, 49 mixed-tenure homes and 109 flats respectively, were constructed over a two-year period and are again designed to reflect the historical housing typology of the area with a stunning mix of buff brick and zinc panelling. A wide variety of flat styles and sizes were created, all individually offered to community members so that they had a choice of a flat that was most suited to their needs.
From the outset, integration was crucial to the long-term success of the scheme which was further enhanced with the introduction of a retail unit, now utilised as a convenience store and a cycle path creating a link to the scheme and Glasgow’s Clyde-side.
All of the flats are dual aspect with the majority having south facing elevations with the residents on the upper floors benefiting from considerable views to the south and selected plots benefiting from a Juliette balcony. From the street, feature LED lighting, set within the gardens and areas of hard landscaping, providing a safe public realm for residents of each phase during the day and night.
The Anderston Regeneration Masterplan is a project for the existing Anderston community. With such an extensive re-housing initiative, the homes had to be constructed faster and constructed to a far greater environmental standard to combat the issue of fuel poverty. With sustainable living at the heart of this project, the method of construction had to be timber frame and so, CCG’s ‘iQ’ closed panel timber frame system was utilised for the build complemented by traditional blockwork to reach the taller-reaching storey heights. With a Fabric First Approach, a Silver Standard of Accreditation was achieved.
CCG Manufacturing was also utilised for the project designing and supplying all close entry, flat entrance and internal doors sets.
A series of community benefit initiatives were delivered throughout the duration of the construction programme for Phases 1-3 including the provision of jobs and training opportunities for the local community; access to CCG’s trade apprenticeship programme with 20 entrants taken during this time; the provision of curriculum support and art projects with the local primary schools and donating to local charities and SME’s.
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