Pearce Street, Govan
Bield Housing Association (now Bield Housing & Care) specialises in providing homes for the elderly in Scotland. They had acquired a small tight site in the historic core of Govan, a site surrounded by A-listed buildings but adjacent to the site of now demolished former ship building yards. The height of the adjacent listed building limited development to seven storeys and required very compact economical planning to accommodate the brief for 27 flats with 69 bed spaces.
The apartments occupy a whole footprint of the site up to the ownership boundary. Consequently the North and West elevations which front the street are the only elevations where habitable rooms could be located. This is to their advantage however, as all rooms are afforded stunning views across the Clyde.
The common areas, stairs, lifts and circulation spaces are on the South elevation where windows have been recessed back from the boundary to allow extensive sun penetration into small space sitting areas. Open space is provided in a south facing logia positioned over the central boiler plant.
Using a brick similar to the common brick of the back courts and Govan’s industrial heritage, the design expresses it’s structural grid. The plain cubic brick volume and geometric simplicity provides a subtle counterpoint to the eclectic mix of styles of the surrounding 19th century architecture.
Our thanks are due to the architects Austin Smith Lord, and the rest of the design team, and to the main contractor, CCG (Scotland) Ltd, who have exceeded our expectations in developing and executing the design brief for this difficult site.
Alister McDonald – Depute Chief Executive, Bield
CLIENT: BIELD HOUSING ASSOCIATION
CONTRACTOR: CCG (SCOTLAND) LTD
STRUCTURES: URS SCOTT WILSON
SERVICES: DAVID R MURRAY & ASSOCIATES
COST CONSULTANT: ARMOUR CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS
SPECIALIST CONSULTANT: ARCHAEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW