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Old October 3rd, 2014, 11:28 AM   #381
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Stallan-Brand submit phase II Speirs Locks plan

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Stallan-Brand architects have submitted phase II proposals for their Speirs Locks master plan, outlining the delivery of two student blocks containing a further 304 beds.

Clad in brick and corten steel in reference to the areas industrial aesthetic the blocks take the form of plinth and tower elements with gables given over to an urban canvas for the display of large super graphics.

Looking out over an arrival plaza, which will double as an outdoor amenity for the adjacent Glue Factory and Whisky Bond arts venue, the scheme aims to deliver the ‘best urban space in Glasgow’.

In their design statement Stallan-Brand said: “The East Elevation of Block A adds a scale and sense of enclosure which was lacking in the initial Phase I application information, and creates a tiered residential scaled environment very similar to the original tenemental scaled streets of Garscube Road to which it sits parallel.

“The rectangular form and lineal nature of the space is given necessary relief at key points by the location of the arrival plaza at its southernmost point. The street visually leads the user along the length of the two opposing elevations and focuses them upon the intriguing arched brickwork and large-scale contemporary sculpture located close to the building’s primary entrances.”
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Excellent. Really like this.

Also, kudos to the artist for including the hipster magic carpet girl.


A few trees wouldn't go amiss either.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 04:55 PM   #383
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Also, kudos to the artist for including the hipster magic carpet girl.
And for the two characters bottom right - looks like one's trying to offload a dodgy 2nd hand phone!
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 04:57 PM   #384
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So ehh... when is this lovely stuff actually getting built?
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 05:04 PM   #385
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I think it's great that they are trying to nuture a creative community up there, but I can't support something that looks like its been ripped from a 60s Brutalist catalogue. The Windows are miserable in size.
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A little bit of greenery wouldn't go amiss here. Too much concrete for my liking.

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Old October 3rd, 2014, 06:20 PM   #387
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And for the two characters bottom right - looks like one's trying to offload a dodgy 2nd hand phone!
Yup and he has knocked some woman's handbag too(probably where the phone came from). Why are people sitting on rugs outside too?

Not liking this development at all, way too brutalist and uninviting.
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i think it looks great.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 11:14 PM   #389
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The Windows are miserable in size.
1 window = 1 bedroom, they are floor to ceiling, how much bigger do you think they should be?

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A few trees wouldn't go amiss either.
It's true a tree would go down nicely here, but in the end they would really just be a token gesture. Is it really necessary to include them in a space that is to function as an events space for sculpture and shows especially when you could walk up the stairs and walk the canal surrounded by greenery all the way to Edinburgh/Bowling?

Can't agree with the brutalist comments as these elevations are very similar in detailing and materials as the Laurieston blocks just completed - just another variation on a theme - perhaps even more appropriate given the warehousing history of the site. This proposal is more along the lines of Functionalism, so you have to consider its use as a non-public building, does everyone here live in a shiny shouty flamboyant house?

You want brutalism, this is brutalism:
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1 window = 1 bedroom, they are floor to ceiling, how much bigger do you think they should be?
This big I reckon: http://www.urbanrealm.com/images/news/news_4969.jpg

Some decent fenestration and depth of facade would go a long way. Functionalism doesn't have to be ugly.

Right now it's just evoking memories of these beauties:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sega_gary/5503907830/
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When it could look like this:

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Its all about the context though. The Strathclyde library looks shit because its marooned between scabby towers and a shit road.

This development looks like it will be nicely enclosed with some good public realm.

It does remind me of Laurieston in some ways. Fingers crossed the brickwork is of a similar standard.

Excited to see the city centre stretching out to this barren wasteland.

Trebles all round.
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Good demand for Spiers Locks

http://www.heraldscotland.com/busine...t-ups.25740152


A COMMERCIAL hub for small firms and start-ups in the creative industries has secured tenants for more than 50 per cent of its newly extended premises, less than a month after its launch.

Phase two of The Whisky Bond, based at Speirs Locks in the north of Glasgow, was completed at the start of the month. It takes the total commercial capacity at the site to 100,000 square feet spread over seven floors.

The £5 million Whisky Bond development is spearheaded by the Glasgow Canal Partnership. Comprising Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council and the private ISIS Waterfront Regeneration, it is engaged in projects to regenerate the Glasgow stretch of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

The Whisky Bond's original tenant was the Glasgow Sculpture Studio, whose need for a new home sparked the beginning of the building's regeneration in 2010.

That subsequently led the developers to target the creative industries, which employ 25,000 people in the city, for other tenants.

Development manager Gary Watt said: "We thought if we could provide an environment for those businesses, then it would fit nicely with the artists in the sculpture studios. That was the grand idea, really.

"We did the project in two stages, converted the lower four floors and opened them in 2012, and then finished the upper three floors in the last three weeks."

Scottish Opera, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Glue Factory Gallery took space after phase one was completed in 2012, alongside Network Five Architects, Flux Laser Studios, IC Mobile Lab and The Distillery.

They have now been joined at the site, built as a whisky bond in the late 1950s and latterly home to a mushroom factory, by Make Works, Tenslens, Dynamically Loaded, RHA Audio and Maeve Redmond.

Sixteen of the 38 new work spaces made available under phase two have been taken, with the building now home to an eclectic mix of companies. Tenants range from designers and architects, tech companies and cutting-edge manufacturers involved in headphones and filtered sunglasses.

Mr Watt said the response to the building has been "well beyond our expectations", noting that "the amount of talent in there wows you on a daily basis".

He said: "We thought the reputation would build gradually and gently, and people will take the step maybe towards building a business there, but those first three or four weeks were manic. But it is a good problem to have."

Asked why tenants have been attracted to The Whisky Bond, he cited the contrast it offers to traditional office premises.

"When you come inside the design of the building is very much of an industrial aesthetic," he explained. "It's quite a raw space, it has concrete floors and it has exposed services.

"So it's quite a different feel - it's not a traditional office or workplace in any way - and it appeals to creative types. It gives them a raw canvass to work on."

Beyond the physical make- up of the building, he highlighted the "atmosphere and energy" of the space.

Steps are taken to foster creativity and build a sense of community through events such as a graphic design festival and presentations by tenant businesses.

"We've already seen smaller businesses bump into each other and ideas spark," Mr Watt said.

"I think it's a combination of the design of the place to the energy and activity that's going on."

Mr Watt also said the rates have also been constructed to ensure they are simple and competitive for smaller businesses.

"Property has a history of having long leases, complex negotiations and hidden service charges," he said. "Whereas what we have is an all-inclusive price, so you get your rent, service charge, heating, power and access to super-fast fibre internet connection.

"You can come up, sign up and be in the next day, and it's a simple one-off tariff. That I think has definitely appealed to people."

Mr Watt hopes the commitment made by these businesses will raise awareness of Speirs Lock, which is based close to the Cowcaddens and St George's Cross subway stations, in the city.

He said: "It was one of those areas that probably failed the taxi test - you didn't really know where it was and didn't have a reason to go there.

"Oddly enough, when the recession came in 2008 it gave us the opportunity to think differently about the place and how we could use the vacant buildings and land that was there.

"Before then everyone was in a rush to build new apartment blocks with these regeneration projects."
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