Located to the north of Glasgow city centre, Barmulloch comprises 157 new, mixed tenure homes for Glasgow Housing Association. The project occupies the site of the former Barmulloch Primary School and was delivered as one of eight regeneration areas identified by Transforming Communities Glasgow (TC: G), a partnership between GHA, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.
The Barmulloch site was originally developed as a post-war overspill site with the construction of terraced tenemental blocks taking place in the late 50s and, in the 60s, the construction of Barmulloch Primary School and the iconic Red Road high-rise tower blocks. The remaining Red Road tower blocks were recently demolished with the community’s views being sought on future use of the site. The housing within the Barmulloch site consists of a mix of terraced homes, flats, cottage flats and townhouses across 2 and 3 storeys with 118 flats and houses and a further 39 amenity flats for social rent. More than 10% of the units have provision for future adaption into wheelchair accessible properties.
The built form may have a number of different house types but each typology works together to create a unified development and although of different storey heights, all blocks have a dual pitched roof and simple form to provide a clear and legible uniformity across the entire site. The house types employ a simple palette of two types of facing brick as a base material, with areas of feature masonry elements such as string courses and corbelled brick, in selected locations.
The development has been designed in accordance with Housing for Varying Needs and takes into account design best practice promoted by the Sustainable Housing Design Guide for Scotland, thus making the homes at Barmulloch sustainable for the long term given that they maximise accessibility and are designed future adaptation.
In addition, the development has also achieved Bronze Standard and a Very Good EcoHomes rating along with Secure by Design Accreditation. Careful consideration has also been given to the layout and treatment of the amenity areas and open spaces for ease of maintenance and maximising community enjoyment and use. This was coupled with Secure by Design principles fully adopted both within the new homes and around the surrounding environment.
CCG OSM’s iQ closed panel timber frame system was utilised for the construction. Inclusive of insulation, internal wall linings, windows and doors, the use of the iQ system ensured a rapid speed of delivery contributing to full construction delivery within 377 working days. All of the windows (timber aluminium clad tilt and turn); internal door sets and close entry doors were designed and manufactured by CCG.
CCG, GHA and our partners in the supply chain also made extensive community benefit contributions to the local area including £15,400 of renovation works to Hope House, which is now the home for the Barmulloch Community Development Company, which included the installation of new carpets, heating and rewiring, fresh decoration works as well as providing new office furniture and equipment. and an adjacent boxing gymnasium. The contribution was also used to assist The Rob Roy Boxing Club after moving from their premises to a former Church building adjacent to Hope House enabling the club to expand its facilities and generate income.
As a direct result of the project, CCG was able to employ 13 new entrants as well as 5 apprentices for the duration of the contract.
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