Pearce Street Housing Govan, Glasgow Residential Building Development, Architect
Pearce Street Housing, Glasgow : Govan Building
Residential Building in Strathclyde, Scotland property design by Austin Smith Lord
29 Oct 2010
Pearce Street Housing, Govan, Glasgow
Architects: Austin Smith Lord
Date built: 2010
Photos: Keith Hunter
Location: southwest of city centre
Bield Housing Association (now Bield Housing & Care) specialises in providing homes for the elderly in Scotland. They had acquired a small tight site in the historic core of Govan, a site surrounded by A-listed buildings but adjacent to the site of now demolished former ship building yards. The height of the adjacent listed building limited development to seven storeys and required very compact economical planning to accommodate the brief for 27 flats with 69 bed spaces.
The apartments occupy a whole footprint of the site up to the ownership boundary. Consequently the North and West elevations which front the street are the only elevations where habitable rooms could be located. This is to their advantage however, as all rooms are afforded stunning views across the Clyde.
The common areas, stairs, lifts and circulation spaces are on the South elevation where windows have been recessed back from the boundary to allow extensive sun penetration into small space sitting areas. Open space is provided in a south facing logia positioned over the central boiler plant.
Using a brick similar to the common brick of the back courts and Govan’s industrial heritage, the design expresses it’s structural grid. The plain cubic brick volume and geometric simplicity provides a subtle counterpoint to the eclectic mix of styles of the surrounding 19th century architecture.
Pearce Street Housing Govan images / information from Keith Hunter
Best Building in Scotland : Doolan Prize
Buildings close to the Pearce Street homes
Glasgow Transport Museum
photo © Adrian Welch
photo © AJW
Glasgow Science Centre
photo © AW
Glasgow Council housing : Houses in Multiple Occupancy
Gorbals Housing project
photo : Keith Hunter
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