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Fore Street Housing : Building within Glasgow Tenement

Residential Building Strathclyde – design by Hypostyle

29 Feb 2012

Fore Street Housing Glasgow

Architects: Hypostyle

Photos: Tom Manley Photography

Glasgow Tenement Property

Fore Street is a unique development, which adopts a novel approach towards the design of urban housing in Scotland. The site sits within an existing Victorian tenement perimeter block, which was previously occupied by two existing buildings. A ground floor bakery along the Southern Edge of the block had fallen into a state of disrepair, whilst a mews property behind served as an operating car repair business.

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photos : Tom Manley Photography

The brief called for a redevelopment of the site, in order to provide affordable housing for rent. 15 new dwellings comprising 8 flats, 4 cottage flats and 3 detached dwelling houses, have been inserted into the layout, all units are fully compliant with the requirements of ‘Housing for Varying Needs’. The detailed design and specification ensures a level of energy efficiency that satisfies the requirements of an Eco Homes ‘Very Good’ Rated development.

The tight nature of the site and financial constraints, have been overcome by the architects and the result is a development of good architectural quality, that has been delivered within a modest budget and cleverly addresses issues of privacy, access and the provision of amenity space within the project.

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photos : Tom Manley Photography

Accessed through a pend within a new build 5-storey block of flats, the scale of the adjacent tenements is maintained and the urban block around the edge of the site is reinstated. This leads to a more private and serene backcourt area, which in turn leads to an intimate and attractively lit central pedestrian lane, giving access to a series of 2 storey houses and cottage flats. These properties are arranged along either side of the lane, staggered in relation to the opposite side, allowing the houses an outlook beyond their immediate neighbours towards the tenements either side of the block. The intermediate spaces between the blocks create attractive garden courtyards that are overlooked by and extend the principal living spaces.

All the principle rooms have a southerly aspect with larger window openings. This arrangement exploits the benefits offered by passive solar gain by reducing the burden on central heating and minimising fuel costs. In addition to parking provisions, secure bike racks have been provided adjacent to the flats to encourage cycling within the city.

Fore Street Housing images / information from Tom Manley Photography


Shortlisted for RIAS Awards

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Car Park at the New Southern General Hospital
Car Park at the Southern General
building photo : Hypostyle
Southern General Car Park

Advanced Forming Research Centre
Advanced Forming Research Centre
building photo : Hypostyle
Advanced Forming Research Centre

Glasgow Housing
Homes for the Future
photo : Andrew Lee

Glasgow Harbour
Glasgow Harbour
photo © Adrian Welch

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