Crown Street Regeneration Project
Client: Glasgow City Council and Scottish Development Agency
Date: Outline Masterplan Planning 1990
Crown Street was the principal street of a 6 ha sector of the Gorbals in Glasgow once occupied by the traditional tenement but rebuilt in the 60’s. CZWG won a competition for re-planning the area (for the second time since the Second World War), employing a strategy that reversed the conventional hierarchy of street and introduced oases of private communal gardens into the centre of urban blocks. Some 1,200 new residential units were proposed in addition to commercial
development. Maida Vale, in London, was the inspiration for the concept, and the scale of the communal gardens large relative to the scale of the buildings. For implementation an outline planning permission was gained for the streets, blocks and infrastructure with a single side of a garden being the smallest development tranche for a sole developer, the garden being initially sponsored, but not maintained by the Development Agency. A design guide was drawn up to provide a detailed planning permission framework for different architects to contribute to a relatively consistent whole. This scheme has proved so successful that it is cited as an example for others of its kind. Key findings of a RTPI 2015 study show how the Gorbals area has seen rapid declines in unemployment and income deprivation among the local population below the Glasgow city average.
“We know that living in safer, cleaner and more attractive places is likely to enable individuals to become more economically active and live more fulfilling lives, and this study provides some strong evidence.” — Janet Askew, RTPI President, 2015