Everyone deserves a safe, warm, affordable place to live

Posted on August 12, 2019

A heart warming read on the recently completed housing project on Shawbridge Street in the south side of Glasgow;

New Loretto tenant Geraldine Skelly says she ‘thanks her lucky stars’ for her new home in the south side of Glasgow.Geraldine, who uses a mobility scooter, says her new home in Shawbridge Street makes her ‘feel human’ again.

With a communal lift and fully-level access in her block, Geraldine says being able to come and go as she pleases makes a big difference to her quality of life.

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, dropped by to meet Geraldine and some of her fellow tenants this week.

The 42 new homes in Shawbridge Street are the latest stage in the transformation of Pollokshaws. The area has been earmarked as a priority for regeneration by Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G) a strategic partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and GHA.

Geraldine, 57, moved from a GHA high-rise in nearby Birness Drive where she lived for 20 years. Geraldine said: “I enjoyed living in the high-rise but it was difficult getting up and down from the ninth floor. Here, it’s much easier. The doors are wide enough for my scooter and there’s a lift.I get out and about much more and I feel a lot better in myself. I feel human again. I love it here. I thank my lucky stars every day.”

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“These high-quality, accessible new homes are a testament to the partnership working to transform the Pollokshaws area. Providing a mix of housing to meet people’s needs is central to establishing vibrant and thriving communities. I am delighted to see the difference these homes are already making to people and the positive impact on the wider community, bringing together elements of the old and new to create a vibrant and unique space.

“Everyone deserves a safe, warm, affordable place to live, which is why we’re investing a record £3billion to achieve our ambitious target of 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, of which 35,000 will be for social rent. Successful developments like this keep us on track to achieving that target.”

The £5.8m development in Shawbridge Street, built by contractors CCG, included grant funding of over £3m from the Scottish Government through Glasgow City Council.

TC:G has overseen the development of 222 new affordable homes in Pollokshaws, including 140 for GHA and 40 for Lowther Homes, Loretto’s partners in Wheatley Group.

The new Loretto development also features a new civic square in front of Pollokshaws Parish Church which features the historical Auldfield Church bell, removed when Auldfield Church was demolished in the 1970s and returned to the area just last month.

Douglas Robin, Chair of Loretto Housing, added:

“I’m delighted Geraldine is so happy in her new home. As well as changing tenants’ lives, new homes like this help breathe new life into communities.”

Councillor Kenny McLean, Chair of TC:G, said:
“These homes illustrate the fundamental point that a high-quality home is key to a good quality of life. I am delighted Geraldine’s new home has had such a positive impact on her life. I am sure these 42 new homes – which are another step in the regeneration of Pollokshaws – are enjoyed by everyone living in them.

Calum Murray, Director of CCG, said:
“The new homes at Shawbridge Street are highly energy-efficient, creating a positive legacy of energy savings for tenants such as Geraldine.

“The wider impact of the development is also significant, with six full-time jobs, two trade apprenticeships and five work placements delivered as well as donations to the community in Pollokshaws.”

Article by CCG 

See Me - Ending Mental Health Discrimination

Posted on August 02, 2019

Collective Architecture are currently working with See Me, the national programme to end mental health discrimination, to look at mental health in our workplace.

As part of the programme, we have sent out a short, annoymous staff survey to everyone in our practice to see what they think.

This is the first step of a four step plan for our workplace, to make continuous improvements to our culture, practice and policies, and directly tackle any stigma and discrimination.

We have enlisted the support of See Me Scotland and feel it is incredibly important to spread the word in our workplace and beyond!

Find out how stigma relating to individual mental health conditions can affect people and where to get further information.

First tenants move into freshly refurbished Bell St Stables

Posted on July 18, 2019

Collective Architecture has successful completed the conversion of a city centre stable block which was  once home to dozens of working horses in Glasgow, transforming it into 52 new flats for mid-market rent.

Clients GHA and Lowther Homes, both part of Wheatley Group, are behind the £7 million regeneration project which has put life back into the B-listed Bell Street Stables in the Merchant City.

And as the first tenants moved into their new homes, Derek Mackay MSP, cabinet secretary for finance, economy and fair work, popped in to see how historic buildings can be restored to provide quality, affordable housing.

He was joined by Spencer, a 12-year-old Clydesdale horse from Pollok Park, who dropped in to mark the transformation of the building that would have been home to his ancestors.

Designed in the late 19th century, the stable block housed the horses which pulled Glasgow City Cleansing Department’s refuse collection carts, as well as the city’s police horses.

Economy secretary Derek Mackay said: “A house provides more than just somewhere to live – it offers a sense of pride and belonging, and enables independence and confidence. I am delighted to see the difference these high-quality, new homes are already making to people and the positive impact this development will have on the wider community, bringing together elements of the old and new to create a vibrant and unique space.

“Everyone deserves a safe, warm, affordable place to live. That is why the Scottish Government is investing a record £3 billion to achieve our ambitious target of 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, of which 35,000 will be for social rent. Successful developments like this keep us on track in achieving that target.”

The refurbishment of the block, which created 13 jobs and training opportunities for local people, has involved restoring the existing façade and repurposing the original stable dividers from the upper floors into cycle-storage areas.

Staircases to the upper floors run alongside the original ramps which were climbed by the horses after a day of work, and many of the original features have been reused including water fountains, horse drinking troughs which have become planters and the cobbles which have been relaid in the courtyard and on the decks. The original entrance gate has been restored by the same company, Sillars Blacksmiths, who made it in 1898.

Wheatley regeneration director David Fletcher said: “This project has brought great quality, much-needed affordable homes to the city centre – while restoring a building in a way that pays tribute to its history.”

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convenor for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “This city centre development is a tremendously imaginative transformation of a listed building which is now home to 52 new flats in a fantastic location. We were delighted to support the refurbishment of the former Bell Street Stables, and it is really pleasing to see that this partnership has delivered these new homes to this historic part of the city.”

CCG director Calum Murray said: “Bell Street Stables is unique for the city of Glasgow and a truly historic housing development. I am also delighted that as a direct result of construction, CCG was able to provide five full-time jobs, three trade apprenticeships and five work placements as well as performing curriculum support for local colleges.

Two Projects Shortlisted for AJ Retrofit Awards

Posted on July 17, 2019

The AJ has revealed all the projects vying for this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards 2019.  Collective Architecture is delighted that two of our projects have been selected;

The 1st shortlist in the 'Higher and Further Education' category is for Chambers Street for client Edinburgh University.  Others shortlisted projects include; Lister Learning and teaching Centre by Reiach and Hall Architects, Engine Shed, University of Northhampton by MCW Architects and Dreadnought Student Centre by Dannatt Johnson Architects.

The 2nd shortlist in the 'Cultural Buildings under £5 million' category is for Collective on Calton Hill for clients Collective and City of Edinburgh Council. Other projects in the running are schemes by David Kohn Architects, Hampshire County Council, DRDH Architects and Nissen Richards Studio.

Great news for our practice!

Last year's main award, the coveted Retrofit of the Year prize, was given to a cultural project – Ian Ritchie Architects’ reworking of the Royal Academy of Music.

North East Pride Breakfast

Posted on July 03, 2019

Kicking off Northern Pride, Architecture LGBT+ are hosting a pre-parade Bucks FIzz Pride Breakfast in partnership with the RIBA North East and hosted by Ryder Architecture.

The event is open to all, encouraging our allies to join in with the celebrations. The breakfast will be relaxed and informal and is timed to allow folk to enjoy the Northern Pride festival afterwards.

The event will include a short discussion from role models sharing their insight, followed by an open questions and answer time. It will be chaired by Daniel Mossman, the North East Representative from Architecture LGBT+.

Speakers include:

  • Nick Walker from Collective Architecture
  • Danni Kerr RIBA role model
  • Daniel Mossman from Architecture LGBT+
  • Elly Williams from Ryder Architecture

Bucks Fizz and breakfast will be provided, see you there!

Free Tickets for this event: https://nearchitecturepride.eventbrite.co.uk

Employee Ownership Day

Posted on June 28, 2019

Today is Employee Ownership Day and Collective Architecture is celebrating 12 years of 100% ownership.

We started the day hanging out a few banners at Bell Street Stables, our freshly completed housing project for Wheatley Group, and will end with a few celebratory drinks this evening!

Our 49-strong team operates as a collective, a Limited Company owned by an employee-run trust. Employee ownership empowers all staff to engage with and influence key decisions on the direction of the company. Everyone is invested in our future success and we share a commitment to work hard to make that happen.

Consistently we are told that employee ownership is a key incentive in applying for a job at Collective Architecture. Staff feel directly connected to the impact their work has on the success of the company, resulting in an engaged and motivated workforce who are passionate about our projects and the communities we work within. Recognition from awards and positive feedback from clients is shared with the whole company, to acknowledge the contribution that every individual makes towards our collective success.

For more information on becoming Employee Owned visit; Employee Ownership Association.

For further reading on our our founding principles, our organisational structure and working methods, please see the attached link for the full publication 'Crafting and Grafting' ; http://architectureireland.ie/digital-edition-landing-page

Photo; Collective Architecture's Glasgow team hanging out EO banners at our recently completed housing development at Bell Street Stables in Glasgow's Merchant City | Client; Wheatley Group | Contractor; CCG

RIBA National Award for Collective on Calton Hill

Posted on June 27, 2019

Breaking News - Collective on Calton Hill has won an RIBA National Award.

Judges’ citation The project on Calton Hill is the result of a strong and highly successful collaboration between the two client bodies and the design team. A shared vision from the project’s outset has driven the design from inception to completion, producing a number of bold, contemporary interventions which successfully achieve a unifying functional coherence with the sensitively restored historic buildings on this site of national significance.

The projecting glazed corner of the new Outlook restaurant building, cantilevered over the site’s original boundary wall brings a bold and vibrant addition to the site’s historic skyline, visually marking to those in the city below a key step in the evolution of this important site.

RIBA region Scotland – Location Edinburgh – Completed 2018 – Client City of Edinburgh Council/Collective Arts – Architect - Collective Architecture Contract value - £4 million – Internal area 491m² – Cost per m² £8,146 – Contractor ESH Construction – Structural engineer Elliott & Company Consulting Engineers - Original Architecture Practice Malcolm Fraser Architects (RIBA Stage3)

AJ News Article

Saltire Housing Awards 2019

Posted on June 26, 2019

Connor, Andy and Billy (the site manager from CCG) attended the 2019 Saltire Society Awards at the Scottish Parliament yesterday evening (25th June 2019).

Anderston Phases 4 & 5 was presented with a Commendation, which is the culmination of 14 years hard work to regenerate the Anderston district of Glasgow.

Phases 4 & 5 is a significant development of 200 apartments for social and midmarket rent. The project reinstates an important section of Argyle Street which was removed in the 1960’s. The development has restored vistas towards the city centre from Glasgow’s West End and vice versa, and stitches Anderston back into the surrounding area of Finnieston.

Link to view all all Saltire Winners.

Admiral street was up for the Innovation award for its use of CLT, and this made it to the final two projects, which is a fantastic achievement. On the night, the award went to Auchineden Barn, which was the first certified EnerPHit project in Scotland, which adopted Passivehaus methodology to achieve exceptional environmental comfort within the home at minimal running costs.

We are delighted that two of our projects were in the final of such a prestigious and competitive award ceremony.

Mementos of Working Life

Posted on June 06, 2019

Exhibition highlighting women that worked within the differing built environment disciplines during mid-20th Century

SAT - SUN 08 - 23 June 2019
MON - SAT 10.30am - 5pm / SUN 12pm - 5pm

Event - Momentos of Working Life;
SUN 16 June 2019 / 2.30pm - 4.30pm


Location: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lan, Glasgow, G1 3NU

An exhibition and daytime event within the Lighthouse Centre of Design and Architecture that shares insight and experience from women who worked within the built environment during the mid-20th Century.

This exhibition is focused around a series of artefacts or mementos - gifted by eight previous participants from the wider Voices of Experience project. The objects from their working life are accompanied by text and sound clips to provide context and deeper understanding of the objects and their significance.

To accompany the exhibition the Voices of Experience team will host an informal afternoon tea which brings some of the exhibition participants together in conversation to discuss their selected artefact and its significance. They will be invited to ask one another questions and invite contributions from those attending.

The exhibition, and associated daytime event, seek to shine a light on women's work and influence within the built environment.

Associated Links;

http://architecturefringe.com/... | @VoExperience | @voicesofexperience | www.ads.org.uk/voices_experience/ | #voicesofexperience | @The_Lighthouse

Voices of Experience is a collaborative project led by Suzanne Ewing (a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory, ESALA), Jude Barber and Nicola McLachlan (both of Collective Architecture)
VoE was created so more people could hear and learn from women of all ages working in the built environment. This is because the predominant language and methods of documentation within the architectural landscape are still typically geared towards accrediting sole (typically male) architects for the realisation of any project; this has never, and will never, be the case. So, VoE wanted to explore this reality – through stories and informal conversations – in a way that was convivial, intergenerational and work-focused.
As the project grows and evolves, we hope to provide more people with a stronger voice, a greater opportunity to be heard and a positive landscape within which to tell the story of their working life.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Posted on June 05, 2019

Collective Architecture were delighted to welcome Karlsruhe Institute of Technology into our Glasgow studio earlier today.

Prof Dr Riklet Rambow and 17 students were keen to learn more about Collective Architecture and our approach to engagement and participation.

Thanks to everyone for attending the presentation and we hope the Scottish weather is kind for the rest of the trip.

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