Completed October 2010
Partick Housing Association
2011 Scottish Design Awards
Best Social Housing Commendation
Byron Street is a new build housing development in the west end of Glasgow commissioned by Partick Housing Association, in association with Whiteinch & Scotstoun Housing Association. Both housing associations are registered social landlords and are well known for their commitment to ecological issues and have invested heavily in the regeneration of small communities throughout the Partick & Whiteinch area.
The project consists of 44 new build flats (including 6 wheelchair flats) with communal roof gardens, loggias and sun spaces to individual flats. The proposals complete the remaining half of an existing south facing tenement block. The southerly aspect enjoyed by existing residents has been addressed by stepping the building height and placing fewer storeys within the centre blocks to allow daylight to reflect into the backcourt.
The building form is accentuated by three wedged roof garden spaces to help daylight cut through to the back court and maximise recreational space within the dense urban block. The roof gardens are accessed directly from each close for light recreation, such as gardening, clothes drying, playing and sitting. Large ground floor wheelchair family flats have been provided to meet the identified housing needs in the area. These flats have small individual south facing garden buffer spaces accessed directly from the flat.
The existing streetscape will be enhanced through re-surfacing, tree planting and inboard parking to improve street safety. French doors and balconies have been provided to the South façade to maximise solar gain to living & kitchen spaces. The neighbouring tenement block has gone through many years of weathering and has a broad spectrum of colours within each block of sandstone.
The proposal highlights this unique blend of colours in a contemporary way by selecting a strong blend of browns, bronze and red brick types for the front and side elevations to complete the transition from the existing sandstone tenement block. Reclaimed light coloured blonde brick is used for the rear elevations to further enhance the amount of daylight reflected into backcourt.