Mosspark Boulevard in Glasgow with Southside Housing Association, Cardonald homes redevelopment

Mosspark Boulevard in Glasgow with Southside Housing Association

23 July 2021

Design: 3DReid

Location: former United Reformed Church Site, south of Bellahouston Park, Cardonald, southwest Glasgow

Mosspark Boulevard-Courtyard view towards the Green Space in the East:
Mosspark Boulevard Glasgow, Southside Housing Association
image courtesy of architects practice

Plans submitted for Mosspark Boulevard in Glasgow

Southside Housing Association has submitted plans for a proposed redevelopment of the former United Reformed Church Site on Mosspark Boulevard with a proposed affordable housing development comprising of 35 homes for social rent and associated amenity space.

Southside Housing Association is a registered social landlord providing housing and a range of other services across the Southside of Glasgow. Over the years Southside HA have developed and expanded the range of services they provide to local communities but their core mission has always been to provide warm, secure, and affordable housing.

The proposal considers pedestrian and cycle routes, and city-wide sustainable transport strategies. The new homes designed for this scheme will provide high quality living as set out in the Design Schedule for Affordable Housing in Glasgow. The mix includes 1, 2 and 3 bed flats, including 10% adaptable standard accommodation.

Mosspark Boulevard-Approach towards the West Entrance:
Mosspark Boulevard Glasgow, Southside Housing Association

The materiality of the proposed residential block responds to the local architectural character of the area. The significant characteristic of the tenement blocks in Glasgow is the differentiation between the front and rear façades. The proposal draws from the local tenement materiality with a red brick street facade, and lighter internal courtyard masonry. Both proposed materials are of equally high quality, and represent a shift in architectural language. The white brick providing more light for the rooms facing the courtyard, whilst also marking the switch between the public and private amenity spaces.

Mosspark Boulevard-Courtyard Entrance view from the Green Space:
Mosspark Boulevard Glasgow, Southside Housing Association

The language of the historic tenement is also manifest through the inclusion of bay-windows, bringing generous of light and amenity into the apartments, the pairing of the bays also complimenting the urban grain of the surrounding street space. The courtyard space also features a contemporary ‘bay’, used to overcome overlooking issues, whilst providing characterful moments within the dwellings themselves.

Mosspark Boulevard-Approach from the East on Ladybank Drive:
Mosspark Boulevard Glasgow, Southside Housing Association

Margaret McIntyre, Chairperson, Southside Housing Association commented: “We are pleased to bring forward to planning our proposals for the site of the former Mosspark United Reformed Church. Offering high quality housing in a sustainable and well-connected location and with close proximity to key areas of local amenity, such as Bellahouston Park and the area’s local centre, the development will provide comfortable and attractive homes, well positioned to form a strong community whilst meeting local housing need for young families and the elderly alike, through the provision of adaptable dwellings.“

Mosspark Boulevard-Courtyard Entrance from the Courtyard:
Southside Housing Association Glasgow homes design

Ruta Turcinaviciute, Project Designer at 3DReid commented: “We have been working with Southside Housing Association and Glasgow City Council since 2015 to deliver an affordable housing scheme on this very complex site. The planning application marks a significant step for the project after such a long design development process. We hope that our proposal will create high-quality social rent homes in the area and contribute to the wider community.“

Mosspark Boulevard-Site Plan:
Southside Housing Association, Cardonald homes

The project will follow Option 1 Gold Hybrid standard of sustainability which requires Gold Level for
Aspect 1 of Section 7 and Silver Active Level for Aspects 2 to 8. The development also provides minimum of 20% CO2 Emission abatement via Low and Zero Carbon Technology. The residential dwellings utilise Mechanical ventilation incorporating heat recovery (MVHR). Heat distribution is sourced from a communal ASHP system via an ambient loop and will provide heat to radiators and domestic hot water. This combined approach is an efficient method of reducing energy consumption within a dwelling and helps mitigate any overheating issues by increasing the number of background air changes. No mechanical cooling provision will be installed as part of the residential scheme. The apartments will also feature openable windows, allowing full control for their occupants.

Mosspark Boulevard-Courtyard Entrance:
Southside Housing Association, Cardonald homes design

It is hoped that the new use, proposed for the site, presents a valuable addition to the surrounding community. The wider social benefits further cemented by the housing offer, which seeks to contribute to the significant demands for such accommodation that presently exists within the area and the wider city.

Mosspark Boulevard-South East Approach:
Mosspark Boulevard in Glasgow buildings

3D Visuals © 3DReid 2021

Mosspark Boulevard in Glasgow – Building Information

Project team:
Client: Southside Housing Association /
Architect & Lead Consultant: 3DReid /
Services Consultant: Harley Haddow /
Structural & Civil Engineering: Will Rudd Davidson /
Quantity Surveyor & Principal Designer: Armour /
Tree Surveyor: Julian Morris /
Acoustics Consultant: New Acoustics /
Environmental Consultant: Envirocentre /

Mosspark Boulevard-South West Approach:
Mosspark Boulevard in Glasgow housing design

About 3DReid

3DReid is an award-winning creative architecture and design studio specialising in the design and delivery of complex new-build and refurbishment projects.

3DReid’s team of over 100 people work across five UK studios in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Cross sector experience includes Airports, Culture & Community, Education, Hotels, Industrial, Leisure, Offices, Residential, Retail and Urban Regeneration.

The team has extensive experience and an impressive track record working with a range of sectors. Further projects include the mixed-use development plans for Collegelands in Glasgow, which will provide over 220 new apartments for rent, a new 6,000sqm office development and ground level café and co-working spaces, and an intergenerational mixed use development in the heart of Craigmillar in Edinburgh comprising student accommodation, assisted living residences, and a dementia care centre. Intended to respond to the challenges presented by our society’s ageing demographic, the scheme seeks to promote an intergenerational approach to integration of care, in a non-institutional environment, which is positively engaged with the wider community.

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