Client: Cassiltoun Housing Association
Form of contract: Traditional
Project value: £5.7M
The Barlia project has delivered new build housing across three sites in Castlemilk on behalf of Cassiltoun Housing Association, built by Cruden Group. A total of 42 units for affordable rent have been provided in the grounds of the former Castlemilk East Parish Church and two additional sites at the junction of Barlia Street and Barlia Drive.
A varied house mix comprises a variety of common close flats, terraced cottage flats and townhouse units, configured to respond to the characteristics of the individual sites. Blocks have been configured to maximise views and amenity space, with all homes benefitting from external ‘winter garden’ pods which provide an element of additional private external space. Internally, layouts adhere to the principles of Housing for Varying Needs, adopting flexible layouts which can cater for a broad range of resident requirements. Section 7 Silver Aspects 1 and 2 have also been achieved throughout with photovoltaic panels to all properties, whilst an inherent level of safety and security is assured through achievement of the Secure by Design ‘Gold’ level award.
All three sites share a common built form, with a simple palette of facing brick the primary material. As a contrast, the winter gardens adopt alternating grey and red finishes to create a striking elevational feature. These are deployed in various stacked and staggered arrangements to add further modelling within the individual blocks. From a landscaping perspective, a unified strategy has been developed which encompasses parking, communal landscaping and private gardens, with a new ‘legacy tree’ at Barlia Terrace to mark the completed development and the former church building.