The former B-listed Bell Street Stables, a Victorian stable block used to house horses working to pull Glasgow City Cleansing Department’s refuse collection carts, was performed by CCG on behalf of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Lowther Homes, both members of the Wheatley Group, and was completed in summer-2019 after a 2-year construction programme.
Comprising of 52 one and two-bedroom flats, all properties are available for mid-market rent and are ideally located in the Merchant City area of Glasgow with links towards the city centre, east end and the south side.
The development site itself is situated on the corner of Bell Street and Watson Street, adjacent to a second CCG construction project (also with Wheatley Group) where an additional 46 flats are set to be delivered in 2020.
In keeping with the brief set out by the client and Glasgow City Council, the building’s exterior was to be conserved as much as possible. This involved the repair and upgrade of the stone elevation, comprehensive repairs to the roof and the internal fabric, and the replacement of all windows.
The building’s exterior shields a large, enclosed courtyard that is accessible from Bell Street, an arrangement, including the traditional gates, that was retained to allow access for utilities and residents. Horses were once led into this area and guided up through a series of ramped stairwells with stables located on each floor. This arrangement has been retained as a nod to the original formation, adding the recycled cobbles as a decorative touch throughout, whilst the entire facade has been removed an upgraded alongside the installation of walkways and lift to support disabled access.
Internally, the structural integrity of the building was upgraded to a modern standard of finish and energy performance. A range of flats still retain historical features such as exposed brickwork and neoclassical-style pillars and are complete with kitchens bathrooms and flooring.
As part of the conservation of the building and its features, the new windows that have been installed utilise timber as the primary material and were manufactured by CCG with a traditional sash and case design.
All of Bell Street’s doors were also manufactured by CCG including the FD60 flat entrance door, complete with a bespoke beading design to replicate the aesthetic of a traditional Victorian door style, as well as all close entry, common and internal door sets.
As a direct result of CCG’s involvement in the project, a series of community benefit initiatives were delivered including five full-time jobs, three trade apprenticeships and five work placements. Curriculum support for pupils and lecturers of Glasgow Kelvin College was performed as well as the donation of works toward the re-painting of a local care home.
The development was officially launched by the Cabinet Secretary Dereck MacKay MSP in summer-2019.
GHA/ Lowther Homes
GIA ‘Special’ Conversion Award 2019