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Belgrove Housing Project

Part 1 Project 2012
Neal Hemmingway
University of Strathclyde | UK
Dennistoun is an area which contains a range of different building types from industrial to the Glasgow tenement and it was the heart of Glasgow's East end industry. Sadly this east end has been neglected in recent times. The area of Dennistoun has developed into a busy student area however the community that once thrived in the area is lost due to the short term nature of tenants. Belgrove housing aims to bring back a community to the area by creating more family orientated and permanent homes. My palate of materials was influenced the contextual surroundings of the site; not only did I want to relate to the tone of materials present in the neighbouring tenements but I was also keen for the street facing facade to be read as robust yet creating a welcoming presence as a home.

The proposed mixed-use urban block aims to regenerate the urban usage which the immediate area around the site lacks. At street level, there is a range of public frontages which respond to the busy Duke Street at the north of the site and the newly formed pedestrianised zone. Above this ground level the scheme comprises of a series of family maisonettes and smaller two bedroom flats. All apartments and maisonettes are accessed via a principal staircase which leads onto a deck that serves every apartment on each floor. These communal spaces seek to promote informal meeting and social interaction between neighbours.

To capitalise from the south light, the accommodation runs from east to west, allowing the block to stretch around a south facing courtyard and thus enabling the maximum utilization of solar gain. The building is highly insulated by using structurally insulated panels in the wall build up.

The architecture presents a welcoming landscape which aims to create a thriving community, thus helping the regeneration of the Glasgow east end.

Neal Hemmingway


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