Project: Inglefield St Development
Client: CCG Construction
Architect: Do Architecture
Product: 100x16 Aluminium Fin
Project Sum: £4m
Two Point Seven Facades Ltd provided a full turn-key package. We performed the design, manufacture, and installation of an aluminium balcony & brise soleil system. Providing guarding & shading to the innovative off site manufactured, Passivhaus standard, social housing project.
A total of 49 new mid-market rent homes, built on the site of the former Hermon Baptist Church, and former women’s hostel, in Inglefield Street, Govanhill, Glasgow. The homes, are a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.
The development consists of a seven storey pavilion block at the North boundary alongside a 4 storey companion block at the West boundary of the urban park. These define a strong edge condition and complete the framing and sense of enclosure of the park and feature open access balconies provide an animated glimpse of life in the building and present dramatic views outwards over the city. Apertures in the fin screen align with habitable spaces within each home providing an uninterrupted view outwards.
A strong architectural feature is the use of deep external access balconies in both blocks. This efficient method of circulation not only allows for 49 apartments, but adds an extra dimension to the social and neighbourly experience of the tenants.
These exterior ‘defensible’ spaces on the open access deck that permit the residents of each property to have some control and of space out-with their flat. This not only provides natural light and cross-ventilation within the apartments, but gives a sense of external entry much like that of a cottage flat or house with a semi-private privacy strip adding to that sense of ownership.
Glasgow-based contractor CCG (Scotland) Ltd were contracted to complete the project, using their expertise in the ‘offsite’ manufacture of timber systems to deliver enhanced levels of energy performance. The addition of A-rated appliances and solar PV will further aid in reducing carbon emissions and encouraging energy savings.
Two Point Seven Facades specified the use of our 100 x 16mm extruded aluminium rectangular profile section set at 100mm pitch. The systems formed a continuous screen over two elevations, providing the required guarding loads to the walk out balconies while permitting openness and dramatic views across the city with penetration of light, creating supervised spaces where we feel comfortable to walk, stop and talk or play.