Architecture prize goes to affordable housing scheme

AN affordable housing scheme in the east end of Glasgow has been named the winner of the ‘Architecture Grand Prix’ title at an awards ceremony celebrating the best of Scottish design.

The scheme – commissioned by the West of Scotland Housing Association, from architects, Anderson Bell + Christie – lies in the heart of the Camlachie district of the city, on a street called Fielden Street.

Say the competition entry details (here), the housing marks the “final phase of a 20-year programme of regeneration in the… area [which had been] a busy industrial and residential area”, until it began to suffer from de-industrialisation more recently. 

The competition entry adds: “New homes are accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities and can be easily adapted to suit changing needs. Full-height windows to all habitable rooms provide enhanced levels of daylight benefiting residents with visual and perceptual impairments, and reinforce our approach to accessible, inclusive design.”

The Scottish Design Awards also conferred its ‘affordable housing’ prize to the Fielden Street project.

This was the 25th year of the awards, with all the winners’ details to be found, here.

Picture credit: Alexander Fraser Photography, on behalf of Anderson Bell + Christie