Plans submitted for final phases of Anderston regeneration project

Anderston Phase 4 and 5 south facing gardens to Houldsworth StreetPlans have been submitted for phases four and five of Sanctuary Scotland’s £50 million transformation of Anderston in Glasgow.

Designed by Collective Architecture, the proposals for 206 new build flats, with a mixed tenure of social rent, mid market rent and shared equity, will complete the overall masterplan for the regeneration of Anderston.

The final phases of the regeneration are located within a site which includes an important junction with St Vincent Street, a major arterial road into the city centre. The site is currently occupied by large ten storey prefabricated slab blocks, set back from St Vincent Street, as well as a number of smaller four storey blocks.

This city centre area of Glasgow has undergone significant redevelopment over the past eight years, and the completed masterplan will provide over 500 new homes for existing residents, replacing outdated and sub standard housing stock.

Proposals seek to reinstate the historic Victorian street pattern which was eradicated by comprehensive redevelopment in the 1960’s, and which led to the loss of tenements, churches and a significant section of Argyle Street.

Collective Architecture’s submitted proposals will see five blocks of flats set within public open space. Part of the site has also been designed as a car free development.

Two six and seven storey brick buildings form a strong edge to the reinstated missing section of Argyle Street at the heart of the site. Two give storey buildings along St Vincent Street have sandstone elevations which reflect the existing tenements directly opposite. These are completed with a grey brick to the garden elevations, which is carried over to a further 4 storey block which addresses a second new pedestrian street.

The reinstated section of Argyle Street will provide pedestrian and cycle access to the rest of Anderston and connect to new amenity spaces which are to be built across the whole of the site. South facing gardens are also provided to the southern edge of the site for recreation and play. In addition Collective Architecture are working with artist Toby Paterson across the whole site to design a series of integrated interventions within the new urban spaces, as well as the buildings themselves.

Phase three of the project, which was completed earlier this year, beat four other finalists to win Large Affordable Housing Development of the Year at the Scottish Home Awards.

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