162-168 Gorbals Street, Glasgow​

Commercial Unit & Social Housing Development​

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Project Details

Client: Southside Housing Association

Architect: Page / Park Architects

Value: £2.7M

Services Provided: C&S Engineering Services

Category: UK & International, Residential, Retail

Project Duration: 2012 – 2019

Project Description

The property 162-168 Gorbals Street is a Grade A listed building built around 1900 for the British Linen Bank which ceased trading as a public bank around 1969 but still existed as a private commercial bank till 2000. The building itself had been derelict since 1990.

The building is a red sandstone faced tenement building four storeys high facing East on the West side of Gorbals Street adjacent to its junction with Bedford Street, diagonally opposite the Citizens Theatre on the East side of Gorbals Street.

The external and internal elements of the building was in a very poor condition and required substantial works throughout. Due to substantial rot within the building, the second and third floor structure was removed completely and replaced with a new suspended timber floor. New steel support beams and lintels were also installed. To the first floor, the existing steel infill concrete floor slab was tested and found to be still fit for purpose. A new ground bearing reinforced concrete ground floor slab was constructed throughout and designed to allow for a future mezzanine deck to be installed. Piling work was also required along the South Gable wall due to historic localised subsidence.

Stonework repairs were undertaken externally and the gable wall was rendered. A new steel support frame was erected to one of the gables to allow for new Corten Artwork Panels. A new turret roof was constructed, formed in timber supported off the main structure. An existing chimney was also increased in height and supported by the new steel frame.    

Punch also designed and detailed for a new surface and waste water connection into a nearby sewer and allowed for adequate attenuation of this water.

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