Saltire Housing Design Awards 2023

Written By

Jonathan Walsh, James Brimble

20.11.2023 News

We were proud to see our work recognised at this years Saltire Housing Design Awards, where our North Gate project for New Gorbals Housing Association won the Multiple Public Dwelling Award. In the same category, our Kilsyth Road project for Link Group also received a commendation.

North Gate is comprised of 31 residential units designed to suit the needs of predominantly older residents, with open plan internal layouts and features including large internal storage, wide corridors to assist movement for residents, step free access throughout and level access showers. Of the project, the judges commented:

Announcing itself as a ‘gateway to the Gorbals’, North Gate is a dramatic addition to the urban landscape, massing itself to create a profile suitably unique on the Glasgow skyline. It is detailed with precision throughout, with decorative elements subtly incorporated duly offsetting what could have been an uncomfortably austere consequence of the relatively limited material palette.

Incorporating communal facilities for the benefit of all, North Gate makes its presence proudly felt, both inside and out.”

Kilsyth Road – recipient of a commendation – seeks to create a sense of place for the residents, it also seeks to promote social interaction externally and internally, encouraging a new community to grow. This is achieved through opportunities for social interaction: externally by the creation of a paved mews, creating a courtyard feel; and internally through large, well-lit spaces and landings.

The judges were again positive in their comments, where they said: “Making the most of a relatively tight site, Kilsyth Road makes a rather clever formal move, by arranging the properties in tow blocks running perpendicular to the street. Scale is therefore deceptive, but appropriate, giving due contextual respect to the street, and in turn creating positive external spaces, notably the cascading gardens to the rear – individual but collective at the same time, a description applicable to the whole”

Thank you to The Saltire Society Scotland for this recognition, and congratulations to all of the evening’s winners.

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