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BELL STREET, GLASGOW

Bell Street is a former B-listed, Victorian stable block that was once used to house horses working to pull the Glasgow City Council Cleansing Department’s refuse collection carts.

Located on a prominent position within the Marchant City area in the city centre, the building was converted by CCG on behalf of Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Lowther, members of the Wheatley Group, over a 2-year construction programme.

A total of 52 one and two-bedroom mid-market rent flats were conceived as part of a client and Glasgow City Council brief that stated the requirement to conserve as much of the building’s heritage as possible. This included the exterior which 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.

CCG retained and upgraded the slate that was removed from the building’s roof and recycled its use in the creation of the traditional cobbles installed within the courtyard as a nod to the Victorian heritage.

This theme carries on throughout the building with the retention of the original stairwell formation that once led horses as far up as the top-floor as well as aesthetic detailing within individual plots that include exposed brick and sculpted Classical pillars.CCG bespoke-designed timber windows also respect the Victorian heritage but ensure that each property benefits from a modern standard of build and fabric performance.

In addition to the window sets, all of Bell Street’s doors were also manufactured by CCG including the FD60 flat entrance door, supplied with a bespoke beading design to replicate the aesthetic of a traditional Victorian door style, as well as all 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 also provided as well as the donation of materials and labour toward the re-painting of a local care home.

Client:
GHA/ Lowther

Contract Value:
£7million

Awards:

  • RIAS Conservation and Climate Change 2021
  • Scottish Home Awards Best Renovation 2020
  • Scottish Design Award for Affordable Housing 2020
  • GIA ‘Special’ Conversion Award 2019
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