LINWOOD REGENERATION // RENFREWSHIRE
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Large scale development
The regeneration of seven sites at Linwood aims to improve the quality of living by removing the existing multi-storey maisonettes, which have failed over time due to construction and social problems, and replacing them with 190 new low density one and two storey homes, which have since proven to be more successful.
Roses Design Awards 2011 – Silver Medal (Regeneration)
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- The architects worked with a landscape architect to introduce a network of tree-lined avenues to connect the seven sites to one another making the whole development more accessible, safe and easy to move around – some of the ‘6 qualities of successful places’ in Designing Streets.
- The existing green footpaths and cycleways from surrounding river walks and school routes were also improved.
- Design individuality was brought to each home through the use of three differently coloured, glazed bricks.
- This feature of the façade makes reference to Linwood's history of car manufacturing with the famous colours of the Hillman Imp motor vehicles, specially manufactured in Linwood, being used in the glazed brick elevations to the ground floor.
- These glazed bricks link the area’s former successes to its bright new future, whilst giving each block a distinct identity and creating a more vibrant atmosphere to the street.
- The ambition was to overcome the social problems created by the maisonettes by bridging the gap between social housing and private housing.This has been addressed by the incorporation of outdoor spaces in all of the houses, as well as en-suite bathrooms in the larger houses.
- A mix of house types and sizes meet the needs of a range of residents from young couples to large families and include 23 wheelchair accessible homes.
- 90% of the homes are rented by previous occupants of the demolished maisonettes and the remaining are privately owned.
- The new properties feature generous space standards and under-floor heating.
Page updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2012