About the project
Client: Glasgow Housing Association/Cernach Housing Association
Form of contract: Design & Build
Project value: £18M
We worked with McTaggart Construction to deliver a total of 134 new homes for affordable rent in Drumchapel on behalf of Glasgow and Cernach Housing Associations. This major regeneration scheme is the largest single development of its kind for many years, and marks the first phase of a wider programme which will bring families and activity back into the heart of Drumchapel.
A range of dwelling types are provided, comprising family houses of two, three and four bedrooms as well as cottage flats and dedicated single-storey dwellings for wheelchair users, all developed in accordance with the principles of Housing for Varying Needs.
Development required careful management of a number of physical constraints, most notably a significant level change across the site which required careful refinement of the site layout to maximise the developable area, working within the existing road and services infrastructure to form three urban blocks. Parking is located to the front of properties, interspersed with high quality landscaping to add colour and interest to the streetscape. Within each ‘block’, large landscaped spaces are created as a means to mitigate the impact of the existing topography, overlooked by the surrounding dwellings.
All blocks adopt a simple masonry skin, interspersed with cladding panels in selected prominent areas. This approach provides a sense of continuity across the site, with window/door colours and other elevational features selected to reinforce a refined and stripped-back aesthetic. Dwellings offer high levels of thermal performance, meeting the standards of Section 7 Silver Aspects 1 to 8, incorporating photovoltaic panels in addition to a robust fabric specification. The site-wide energy strategy was developed in conjunction with a third-party energy consultancy to allow various options for compliance to be tested.