North Gate

A new landmark gateway to the Gorbals

North gate is the latest in a series of Page\Park designed residential buildings within the Gorbals. The design transforms vacant brownfield land with a new city landmark and completes the Gorbals masterplan. It contains 31 units, comprising of 1 and 2 bed flats for 100% social rent. Designed to suit the needs of primarily older residents, the internal layouts are open plan and exceed the ‘Glasgow Standard’ of housing. Design features include large internal storage, wide corridors to assist movement for residents, step free access throughout and level access showers.

Conceived as a series of towers, the building splays out to maximise the potential compact site area.  This ensures all flats are either duel or triple aspect, providing great natural light internally and considerable views across the city. To promote healthy independent living, the residents have access to a communal social facility via a living-well service. This allows tenants to remain socially interconnected. Spaces include a games room, communal kitchen, lounge area, landscaped garden area and patio.


It was important to keep the material palette simple with clean restrained details. This allowed the sculptural shape to be the principal design characteristic, while remaining cost effective. The inverted roof structure is concealed with a continuous parapet wall. This hides services and maintains a clean edge profile against the skyline. The use of brick internally creates a robust facing to the common areas, protecting against any surface damage that could be done through general use.

Windows are aluminium-clad timber and with powder-coated Juliette balconies externally. The tall proportions maximise natural light and views. The largest windows are predominantly established on the North elevation to give the building a clear frontage as seen from the city centre. Full balconies are embedded into the front elevation to utilise the depth of the façade.

The construction consists of a primary steel frame structure, in- situ concrete floors, with masonry walls and powder-coated metalwork. We specified the brick for its tonal variation and soft edges, which evoke associations with blonde sandstone facades seen throughout Glasgow. Brick soffits and deep brick reveals are used to create a solid high-quality aesthetic.


Our interior design ethos was to create a unified building aesthetic, with consistent materials used both inside and out. Brick walls within the common areas provide decent protection form damage, while the light colour tone reflects daylight inside. Timber window frames compliment the buff brick colour. Neutral grey tiles are used within the common areas for ease of cleaning. The hard surface provides longevity of use. Corridor widths are generous to accommodate two passing wheelchairs, while also allowing tenants to stop and chat without becoming an obstacle to those passing through.

Project Info

New Gorbals Housing Association
150 Crown Street, Glasgow
Internal Floor Area
August 2022
Structural Engineer
G3 Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect
Mike Hyatt Landscape
Cost Consultant
Reid Associates
Nick Kane
Carbon Futures