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Collective scoops Glasgow Victoria Infirmary redevelopment

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Collective Architecture has won a publically tendered contract worth around £1 million for a residential-led redevelopment of Glasgow’s disused Victoria Infirmary

The local practice defeated an undisclosed shortlist of rival films to win the project for Sanctuary Housing Group which will deliver 400 homes on the 4ha Southside site.

The project is expected to include a mix of new build homes and new apartments created inside the Grade B-listed hospital. Sanctuary purchased the landmark complex from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in August.

The housing association plans to deliver a range of homes for first-time buyers, families and older people on the prominent site where several historic structures will be retained.

Sanctuary’s group director for development Peter Martin said: ‘Collective Architecture is developing a comprehensive community engagement programme beyond the statutory requirement to ensure local opinions are captured and considered. This consultation process will begin at the end of January.

‘We have started the process of demolishing parts of the site, but I can reassure the local community the Nightingale wings, administration block and gatehouse will be retained. The local community will also be given notice before any major activity begins.’

Nick Walker of Collective Architecture added: ‘The Victoria Infirmary redevelopment represents a wonderful opportunity to deliver new homes in Langside within existing and new buildings.

‘It is a unique chance to carefully connect the site back into the surrounding area and to Queen’s Park, creating connections for pedestrians and opening up views of the park.’

The former teaching hospital on Langside Road first opened in 1890, and featured an accident and emergency department, a general surgery unit and 370 ward beds.

The complex was designed by Campbell Douglas & Sellars, who won a competition for the scheme in 1888, and originally comprised two pavilions and a central administration block.

More recently, inpatient and A&E services were relocated to IBI Group’s new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan, and the Victoria Infirmary closed in May last year.

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