The proposal is for a multi-use urban housing scheme in the East end of Glasgow which sits within a strategic masterplan and responds to place. The scheme required housing for 40-60 individuals. The design and masterplanning of the site aims to provide good- quality affordable housing while also being a force for rejuvenation in an area which suffers from some of the highest rates of poverty in Scotland.
The scheme looks to provide housing/work/support for those affected by homelessness. Furthermore it aims to create a working self-sustainable community using allotments, markets and independent retail units, with the long term goal being to enhance the East end through a considered approach to living, working, life and education. The main driver of the project is concerned with the deprivation found within the area. The East End of Glasgow has the highest rates of poverty and homelessness in the city, and these rates are increasing due to the current financial climate, with more people losing their jobs and homes due to financial problems.
The aim of the development is to provide a gateway project to re-house and re-train people, this wil be achieved by: the construction of good quality affordable housing units; the construction of new facilities (e.g library, farm, retail); the concept of a self sustainable community; the growth of cottage industry; the emphasis on basic skills. These interventions, within an area which severely needs a boost, are an attempt to pull Dennistoun, and the East end of Glasgow, out of the endemic poverty and deprivation which is to be found there.