The Crown Street project in the Gorbals forms part of a wider initiative regeneration in the south Glasgow area that has seen major residential development undertaken over the last ten years. In creating a final mixed-use development, specifically designed to integrate with the surrounding community, New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA) has created a ‘New Gorbals Plaza’ consisting of brand new offices for the Association, 28 affordable homes and a piazza for use by NGHA staff and community members.
NGHA were formally housed in a converted apartment block, also located on Crown Street, which over the course of time, became outgrown by the association with a lack of office and meeting space as well as lacking functionality for visiting tenants and local residents. The new office therein has been designed to provide a variety of workplace functions to future proof expansion, better connect the association with the wider Gorbals community and facilitate an environment to improve the social well-being and comfort of visitors and staff.
Placing emphasis on space and light, the open-plan working environment has been designed to be more functional for staff whilst being interconnected with private working booths and meeting rooms capable of expanding to suit the needs of the individual.
Adjacent to the NGHA Office is a stunning affordable housing development comprising 28 one and two-bedroom flats for social rent. The unique aesthetic has been created thanks to a steel frame construction and a contemporary dark grey brick aesthetic. Each ground-floor flat has a private terrace whilst upper floor flats have large balconies with corner positions afforded with being dual-aspect to create an added sense of space and light.
CCG OSM’s ‘iQ’ Timber System was used for infill panels whilst all close entrance, common, FD60 flat entrance and internal doors were also manufactured by CCG. Solar panels, installed by Arc-Tech alongside other M&E Services, were also applied to the roof to help promote long-term efficiencies in energy use.
Construction of the development can be seen via the NGHA time-lapse video.
A series of community benefit initiatives were delivered by CCG as a direct result of this project including six new jobs, two new apprentices and 12 work placements as well as a £2,000 donation towards locally-based projects.
New Gorbals Housing Association