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Graeme Nicholls wins approval for ‘first significant’ project

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Graeme Nicholls Architects has won planning permission for the up-and-coming practice’s ‘first significant commission’ – a 24-flat scheme in Pollokshaws, Glasgow

Backed by Merchant Homes Partnerships, the 2,135m² project will be built on the site of the former Pollokshaws Swimming Baths in Ashtree Road.

According to the Glasgow-based studio, which is led by former Gareth Hoskins Architects talent Graeme Nicholls, the scheme’s two blocks ‘synthesise the prevalent typologies’ of the neighbouring streets – a tenement block to the north and a villa-type block in Christian Street on the plot’s southern edge.

Nicholls said: ‘We are delighted to have achieved planning for this first significant project for our emerging office. It will be really exciting to see the project, which has had a lot of great support from the planners and local stakeholder groups, starting on site in the very near future.’

Work on the black brick-clad development is expected to start on site in the next few week and take 12 months to complete.

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Architect’s view

Our two flexible flat layouts can accommodate a variety of living arrangements by the inclusion of unique architectural devices which encourage user customisation.

Conceptually, our project seeks to develop a narrative which relates to the history of Pollokshaws. The neighbourhood flourished as a centre of textile production in the 19th century, which resulted in an influx of skilled Flemish weavers to help meet the workforce demands. Using human scale and proportions as a starting point, we have included a series of motifs related to both weaving and Flemish architecture throughout the design, including a woven pattern created across the façade in the careful placement of windows, the use of Flemish bond and textures in the black brick cladding, and more.

Floor plan ashtree road glagow

Floor plan ashtree road glagow

Project data

Location Ashtree Road, Pollokshaws, Glasgow
Client Merchant Homes Partnerships and Home Group
Status Scheduled for completion in 2019
Type of project Residential
Architect Graeme Nicholls Architects
Landscape architect DWA Landscape Architects
Structural engineer Fairhurst
Main contractor Merchant Homes
Digital artist Forbes Massie
Start on site Spring 2018
Completion Spring 2019
Contract duration 12 months
Gross internal floor area 2,135m²
Form of contract Design and Build

Arp entrance view

Arp entrance view

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  • I doubt very much whether either of the 'prevalent typologies' incorporates the use of the darkest possible external finish, and it would be interesting to know the architect's justification for the choice of black brick.

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