The Anderston Regeneration is a five-phase multi-award winning project that is changing the face of a key urban quarter in Glasgow city centre. CCG commenced works in 2009 and by the time the last phase is completed in 2018, 540 new, affordable homes will have been provided to the people of Anderston and in doing so creating a new link from the city to the vibrant West End.
This area of Glasgow underwent a number of facelifts throughout the 20th century, each trying to resolve the problem of providing affordable housing for a heavily populated township area. Victorian tenements were demolished in the 1960’s and were replaced with factory built concrete low rise blocks of flats. These damp, highly inefficient flats have gone through a phased demolition as CCG has moved through the Masterplan. Each phase of the new development is a modern interpretation of the tenement-style housing that once stood in the area, composing of a mix of 2-storey townhouses and 4, 5 and 6-storey flats.
Phases 1 and 2 were completed in 2011 and brought with it a total of 176 flats that were a fresh take on the housing of the area with a mix of traditional brickwork and multi-coloured aluminium panels – one block in Phase 2 even has a homage to the famous Scottish comedian, Billy Connelly.
Phase 3A and 3B, 49 mixed-tenure homes and 109 flats respectively, were constructed over a two year period, each again reflecting the historical tone of the Anderston area this time using a mix of buff brick and zinc panelling. A wide variety of flat styles and sizes were created offered individually to the community so that the flat of choice was best suited to the needs of the resident. From the outset, integration was crucial to the long-term success of the scheme which was further enhanced with the introduction of a retail unit, now utilised a convenience store and a cycle path creating a link to the scheme and Glasgow’s Clyde-side.
All of the flats are dual aspect with the majority having south facing elevations, and the residents on the upper floors benefit from considerable views to the South with some benefiting from their own Juliette balconies. From the street, feature LED lighting, set within the gardens and areas of hard landscaping, providing a safe public realm for residents of each phase during the day and night.
The Anderston Regeneration Masterplan is a project for the existing Anderston community. With such an extensive re-housing initiative, the homes had to be constructed faster and constructed to a far greater environmental standard to combat the issue of fuel poverty. With sustainable living at the heart of this project, the method of construction had to be timber frame. CCG OSM’s enhanced closed panel system, complimented by traditional blockwork for the taller blocks, was utilised for all of the completed phases. With a Fabric First Approach, a Silver Standard of Accreditation was achieved and this, alongside whole house ventilation and the off-set benefits of solar gain, has greatly contributed toward energy savings for the residents.
CCG Manufacturing was also utilised for the project designing and supplying all close entry, flat entrance and internal doors.
CCG is currently on site at the final phase which will see a further 206 mid-market rent flats constructed adjacent to Argyle Street, one of Glasgow’s busiest routes to and from the city. The blocks, five in total with some reaching seven storeys, are being constructed using a mix of traditional blockwork and CCG OSM’s enhanced closed panel timber system clad in a mix of sandstone and buff brick.
Upon its completion in 2018, the scheme will open up the area of Anderston to the one of the UK’s trendiest areas, Finnieston, by providing ample public realm space, new cycle routes and pedestrian walkways. CCG has been on site since March 2017 and is now moving to fully complete the first blocks – 5C and 5A – which will be ready for habitation this winter with full completion in spring-2017.
The Anderston Regeneration can be marvelled for the quality of affordable housing that has been delivered over each of the phases, but it is also an excellent example that represents CCG’s commitment to skills and training. Twenty apprentices, across bricklaying, joinery, and plumbing trades, are currently posted on the site alongside two Trainee Assistant Site Managers who are all gaining valuable experience in carving a career within the construction industry.