Laurieston scoops top accolade at planning awards

New Social Housing at Laurieston (4)

THE team behind the regeneration of Laurieston, Glasgow, has won the Delivering in Partnership category at the Scottish Government’s Quality in Planning Awards 2015.

The award recognises the partnership between New Gorbals Housing Association (NGHA) Glasgow City Council’s Transforming Communities Glasgow and developer Urban Union, which has brought the £100 million regeneration project to fruition.

The judging panel picked out the Laurieston development as they felt the project had a particularly positive energy towards handling social housing and that the whole essence of the regeneration plan embraced architecture, high-quality design, good living and accessibility for all.

The awards are one of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious events and celebrate achievements in planning – from strategic visions to development on the ground.

Craig Kidd of Urban Union said, “Our vision is to provide quality housing for the people of Laurieston, building not just homes but a community and deliver a new world-class city quarter. We are proud to have been recognised by the Scottish Government as a partnership that has used innovative ways to development forward – this is another excellent achievement for all involved.”

The completion of the first phase of the project, which was handed over in August 2014, was built as collaboration between Page\Park Architects and Elder & Cannon Architects who were appointed by NGHA in partnership with Glasgow City Council to design the new city centre quarter.