Growing a garden oasis from a redundant industrial site
‘The Foundry’ at Inverlair Avenue, Cathcart will transform a redundant industrial site in the south of Glasgow into a verdant landscape where it will be easy to live a sustainable life.
The proposals for Cala Homes (West) will create 277 homes across 5 individual buildings set within a green garden landscape which brings environmental and ecological benefits to the surroundings. The project shows how higher-density development can be compatible with generous levels of amenity for residents and shared public space which benefits the wider community.
The buildings are designed to mediate between the scale of the surrounding tenements, lower scale housing and the 1930’s frontage of the adjoining factory. The development will be heated using ground-source renewable energy. The buildings adopt a ‘fabric-first’ approach by optimising their orientation, envelope, and the microclimate of the garden spaces.
Consideration has been given to the surrounding context and character of the area as a whole, whilst seeking to create a strong individual identity for the development.
The massing of the development is broken into parts, allowing for set-backs, private terraces and landscaping to the street whilst respecting and reflecting the varied context of the site.