Laurieston Living, New Gorbals Housing Association, NGHA, Glasgow Regeneration Buildings, TRA Project

Laurieston Social Housing, Glasgow Homes

City Centre Quarter Development in Strathclyde, Scotland design by various architects

12 Nov 2015

Laurieston Regeneration Award

Laurieston Receives Top Accolade At Scottish Government Quality In Planning Awards

The team behind the regeneration of Laurieston, Glasgow, has won the Delivering in Partnership category at the Scottish Governments Quality in Planning Awards 2015.

The award recognises the partnership between New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA) Glasgow City Council’s Transforming Communities Glasgow and developer Urban Union, which has brought the £100 million regeneration project to fruition.

Laurieston New Social Housing

Laurieston Social Housing

The judging panel picked out the Laurieston development as they felt the project had a particularly positive energy towards handling social housing and that the whole essence of the regeneration plan embraced architecture, high-quality design, good living and accessibility for all.

The awards are one of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious events and celebrate achievements in planning – from strategic visions to development on the ground.

Craig Kidd of Urban Union confirmed: “Our vision is to provide quality housing for the people of Laurieston, building not just homes but a community and deliver a new world-class city quarter.

“We are proud to have been recognised by the Scottish Government as a partnership that has used innovative ways to development forward – this is another excellent achievement for all involved.”

The completion of the first phase of the project, which was handed over in August 2014, was built as collaboration between Page\Park Architects and Elder & Cannon Architects who were appointed by NGHA in partnership with Glasgow City Council to design the new city centre quarter.

New Social Housing at Laurieston

Laurieston Housing

Laurieston Regeneration – Background

Urban Union

Urban Union is a joint venture partnership between McTaggart Construction and Robertson Group Holdings. It is a unique partnership formed specifically to deliver large scale regeneration projects.

Both partners – McTaggart Construction and Robertson Group Holdings – have a proven track record in delivering mixed tenure projects and working to deliver ‘community benefits in procurement’ in Glasgow and further afield.

In addition to the regeneration of Laurieston, the company has recently been appointed to develop the Pennywell area of Edinburgh.

The consortium supports the priority given to targeted recruitment, training and supply chain opportunities presented by the Laurieston project.

Each Urban Union partner has extensive regeneration experience and shares a common view on social responsibility.

New Gorbals Housing Association

New Gorbals Housing Association is a community controlled Housing Association operating in the Gorbals area.

Committed to; providing high quality services to residents, serving the community and driving the regeneration of the area, the Association manages over 3,000 rented homes in the area and factors a further 1300.

Since 1991 the Association has been at the forefront of the regeneration of the Gorbals, investing over £180m in the building of 1,000 new homes, the modernisation of 1,500 homes and the completion of several major environmental projects.

The Association has won multiple design awards, including 6 Saltire, 2 Civic Trust, 1 Scottish Design and the RTPI New Neighbourhood Award for the creation of the best neighbourhood in the UK in 2005.

Laurieston will create mixed tenure, mixed use housing and a balanced community, integrated with the adjacent Eglinton Court which includes 114 homes built in the 1970s, half of which are now owned through right to buy.

The project was built as a collaboration between Page\Park Architects (121 units) and Elder & Cannon Architects (80 units) for residents displaced from the soon to be demolished Norfolk Court high rise, other transfer and housing list applicants and for future generations.

The site was previously occupied by four 276 unit identical high rise blocks completed in 1975-76. Demolition of the first block was carried out in 2009 and the last, Norfolk Court, is scheduled for demolition in summer 2015.

The final 120 tenants will be rehoused in the Laurieston project. Nearly 800 tenants have been rehoused from the four high rise blocks to date. All tenants seeking rehousing in a new or modernised home in the Gorbals have been accommodated – 75% in total.

Since 1994 when New Gorbals Housing Association acquired housing stock eight high rise blocks (1,770 flats) have been demolished leaving with five high rise blocks (584 flats) remaining. Prior to 1994, 1230 high rise / deck access homes had been demolished.

Transforming Communities: Glasgow

Transforming Communities: Glasgow is a special purpose regeneration company which was established in April 2012 to oversee the planning and delivery of Glasgow’s eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRAs) in Sighthill, Gallowgate, Laurieston, Maryhill, North Toryglen, Pollokshaws (Shawbridge), East Govan/Ibrox and Red Road/Barmulloch.

Membership of the company comprises Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Glasgow Housing Association (GHA). It is a company limited by guarantee and is currently in the process of application to become a registered Scottish Charity. The overriding objectives of the Company are to:

• Create sustainable place transformation through mixed-use development and housing renewal
• Lever in additional funds and catalyse private sector investment
• Develop community capacity
• Deliver outcomes across economic, social, environmental and physical regeneration
• Increase the pace of regeneration activity and project delivery
• Maximise the potential of public sector land assets
• Provide a strategic approach to tackling infrastructure issues

The Company is governed by a board which comprises City Councillors, Senior Civil Servants from the Scottish Government and GHA Board Members.

Local Delivery Groups chaired by local elected members and comprising local residents and representatives from key partners oversee delivery of the TRA’s at a local level and report to the Board of Transforming Communities: Glasgow.

Laurieston Regeneration

Laurieston Glasgow Regeneration 20 Nov 2015
Laurieston Glasgow


18 Sep 2013

Laurieston Public Realm Glasgow

Glasgow Regeneration Project Public Realm News

Urban Union appoints local artist to lead public realm project for Laurieston.

A dramatic series of artworks, tree plantings and sculptures – and a VW campervan transformed into a mobile art studio – are just some of the ideas which could be used to energise a new community currently under construction in Glasgow. Urban Union, the development company taking forward the regeneration of Laurieston, has appointed renowned city-based artist Peter McCaughey to lead the five-year project, called “Art and Living: Laurieston”.

26 Oct 2012

Laurieston Redevelopment Glasgow

Glasgow regeneration project given green light by planners
Laurieston Glasgow Laurieston Glasgow Laurieston Glasgow
images from Laurieston Living
City Council approve plans for further homes, retail and community facilities in Laurieston: The next stage of the £90 million regeneration of the Laurieston area of Glasgow has been given the green light by Glasgow City Council.

Laurieston Development Glasgow

Minister Launches £90 Million Regeneration Project for Glasgow
Laurieston Regeneration
image from Laurieston Living
Laurieston Living – background information from 1 Jun 2012
Alex Neil MSP signals start Glasgow’s new “world-class” city-centre quarter providing new homes, jobs and investment in Laurieston.

Laurieston Regeneration images / information from Laurieston Living

Location: Laurieston, south Glasgow, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, United Kingdom

Laurieston Buildings Context

Crown Street Gorbals

Queen Elizabeth Square

Glasgow Tours

Gorbals Parish Church
Design: ADF Architects
Gorbals Parish Church

Historic Glasgow : best buildings of the past

Glasgow Buildings

Solasta Riverside Building Buchanan Wharf
Solasta Riverside Building Buchanan Wharf flats
image courtesy of Drum Property Group
Solasta Riverside Building Buchanan Wharf

Armadillo Glasgow

Burrell Museum

St Enoch Centre

Glasgow Transport Museum

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