A redevelopment of the former site of Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary. Delivering new homes within existing and new buildings.
This 3.75-hectare site forms an integral part of the character of the local area. The project involves the retention of the original Nightingale Pavilions hospital wards. Some 400 new flats are due to be built, as well as commercial, retail and public realm works. Plus, an improved pedestrian route at the heart of the site leading the public from Battlefield Rest to the south through to Queens Park in the north.
This is a sensitive development within an historic area of Glasgow and involves the retention and conversion of the iconic Nightingale Wards as well as new contemporary construction. The infrastructure design over 15 blocks will be carried out in phases. Parking provision has been a challenge too. Part of the brief is a car space for every flat, with the ability to provide electric charging to all spaces. The site has challenging complex topography across the area requiring careful consideration of access to and servicing of all buildings.
Key to success was a fully detailed design package for each phase and individual flat. Collaboration is also vital. This project involves an unusually large team, with many stakeholders. The proposals were developed only after an extensive programme of community consultation. This involved over 600 local residents.
Parking was solved by making spaces available under the buildings. The slope, by terracing, steps and ramps. Drainage has been carefully developed to allow a phased construction and to provide sustainable solutions in terms of treatment and pollution control. A public spine has been designed at the centre of the site, creating connections for pedestrians and opening up attractive views of the north/south through the development.
Location: Langside, Glasgow
Client: Sanctuary Housing
Photographer: Collective Architecture
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