Dougrie Drive is located south of Glasgow city centre in the area of Castlemilk. Bound by existing residential schemes, the development has been delivered as part of Transforming Communities Glasgow’s (TC: G), an initiative that is led by Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to provide affordable housing for key transformational regeneration areas across the city.
This new development comprises 130 homes spread across three main building types including a large courtyard amenity block and traditional terraced housing that bookend the main run of ‘courtyard clusters’ – small buildings of semi-detached houses and cottage flats, grouped around public, semi-private and private external spaces. The amenity block was deliberately located next to an existing sheltered housing complex with a small hall to allow for interaction between the two.
This design creates a highly permeable environment, punctuated by ample light and fresh air, and allows for spectacular views of the city and Campsie Fells beyond, afforded by the site’s high vantage point. At the same time, the clusters provide a sheltered environment in this exposed locale. The varied building types and broken street frontage create a rich layering of external spaces at a number of scales, accommodating private relaxation, household duties, communal activities and neighbourhood interaction. Abundant greenery connects these spaces to each other and to the adjacent network of Castlemilk Park and Woodland.
Glasgow Housing Association set forth a plan to have the homes constructed to a very high standard both in quality and energy performance to reduce fuel poverty for tenants. To achieve these key targets and the ‘Eco Homes’ Very Good rating, CCG deployed the use of the CCG OSM iQ closed panel timber frame system for the build. The panelised wall solution, manufactured offsite, was completed to stage 3 of the manufacturing process being inclusive of insulation, internal wall lining and pre-cut serviced zones as well as windows and doors thus ensuring a more efficient and faster working environment on site. Overall, the entire kit erection programme for Dougrie Drive was just 32 weeks.
Efficiencies in construction were also met with a focused effort to be more economic in our energy use including reduced water and power usage on site, minimal earth movement, the use of a high proportion of locally sourced, recycled and renewable materials.
Working with GHA, CCG was able to provide an array of community benefit initiatives for the project including the provision of five full-time jobs with CCG (including three from the local area) as well as providing five trade apprenticeships were employed (including one from the local area). A series of work placements and curriculum support events (site tours) were also provided to local schools.