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Graeme Nicholls reveals proposal for O-shaped Glasgow housing scheme


Graeme Nicholls Architects has unveiled plans for an unusual 160-home residential scheme next to Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium shaped like a broken ‘O’

Earmarked for a section of the Albion car park at Broomloan Road and Edmiston Drive, the project features a pair of matching, curved, four-storey tenement blocks.

The scheme, close to Rangers FC’s stadium, which is the emerging practice’s largest to date, is backed by Merchant Homes and has just gone out to public consultation.  

According to the architect, the proposal’s shape to is both ’sympathetic to and celebratory of, the history of the area’ and the former uses of the site, which includes a former greyhound stadium and training ground.

The consultation document reads: ’Historic maps show that the site contained a greyhound track with a ‘bowl’ footprint, which we think would be interesting to express in any new development. This plan form also fits the site really well.

’Our scheme also proposes a monochromatic colourway for the buildings, with their red hues matching the iconic Ibrox main stand.’

’[In terms of form] our proposal consists of two horseshoe-plan blocks built up of uniform brick bays featuring stacked windows with arched tops. This form alludes to both the formal consistency of historic tenement blocks found in Ibrox and also some architectural features typically associated with sports buildings and stadia.’

Last year Graeme Nicholls Architects’ Ashtree Road scheme in Glasgow took the prestigious Editor’s Choice accolade at the 2019 AJ Architecture Awards

A schedule of works for the Albion housing scheme is not yet known.

Grame nicholls merchant ibrox may 2020 plan

Grame nicholls merchant ibrox may 2020 plan


Readers' comments (21)

  • Just a shame that there is so much car parking around half the perimeter and also in the middle of the plan.

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  • Excellent. Well done Graeme Nicholls.

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  • Is it going to make a good ruin?


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  • I would have hoped that much of the efforts of the twentieth century would have allowed us to move on from pattern making. Where a tenuous link to a irrelevant shape on a different location defeats simple rational thought regarding differences in orientation , daylight, and the creation of easily habitable spaces, I do despair.

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  • No need to despair, come to Glasgow and view our Victorian tenement housing. Remarkably, little attention given to orientation, sun path or setting context. It was the street that was more important. If you know the location here, you must know this is a clever response. If you don't, well your comment is not rational.

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  • Neave Brown will be turning in his grave.

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  • Daft thing to say Hamish, don't you think, without explaining why? It would be like me saying for Alexander Kirkland it would be a labour of love. Alexandra Road and the Dunboyne Estae would be as incongruous in Govan and on this site as this would be in Campden. Seems to me there are shared and compatible ideas, in this case a modern version of Glasgow's traditional housing stock, urbanism and context. But I'm no Neave Brown expert, but you obviously are.

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  • Interesting scheme, and I assume the central green space will be communal. However, some sort of balcony (whether recessed into the block) would have been a nice touch. Sometimes people just need a little privacy when enjoying a lazy weekend. Cem

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  • Only 'In terms of form' is there much to discuss here.
    In terms of people there's a remarkable lack of information - almost as if the form is the be-all and end-all, and the inhabitants are just incidental.
    Why are there no indications of the internal layout, no plans of the tenement apartments?
    Despite the elevational detail in 3/10 the overall appearance both inside the courtyard (1/10) and outside (2/10) is unrelieved repetition, and surely such a monotonous building is lacking in basic humanity, however strong the form..

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  • That's true Robert it would be good to see a floor plan. But what is a tenement other than repetition of street front elevation and form? Jack Coia's definition of Glasgow as wee men wi big widindows no longer applies floor to ceiling heights have reduced and I would imagine parking numbers for this area is set in planning regulations. I'm sure the architect would have non within the inner space if possible.

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