Partnership working in its truest sense has been key to the success of this project so far, both between the partners of Transforming Communities: Glasgow and most importantly, with the local residents and our delivery partners New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union.

– Bailie Liz Cameron, Chairwoman of Transforming Communities: Glasgow and Glasgow City Council's executive member for Business and the Economy

Regenerating a richly populated area

Laurieston originally comprised traditional tenements, which were cleared in the 1950s and 1960s, to be replaced by four double blocks of multi-storey flats. The first proposals for regeneration were put forward in the 1990s and this gathered pace when the last of the tower blocks was demolished in 2015.

This project is one of the eight Transformational Regeneration Areas (TRAs) promoted by Transforming Communities: Glasgow to have received planning permission.

Laurieston Living is being delivered locally in partnership with New Gorbals Housing Association, along with Glasgow City Council and The Scottish Government, other partners in Transforming Communities: Glasgow.

The masterplan was developed on behalf of Urban Union by the UK’s largest planning consultancy, Barton Willmore in association with RMJM Architects. Multiple community participation events were held as part of the development of the plans.

The new city centre quarter was designed by Glasgow architects Page\Park and Elder & Cannon.

Laurieston Living affordable flats

New living and work spaces

The development will include up to 295 social housing units and 585 private units over three phases. There will also be public open spaces and potential for offices, shops, a hotel, student accommodation, parking, and bar / restaurant units. 

The first phase (1A), built by McTaggart Construction, delivered 201 affordable homes for rent, and began in May 2012. It includes a mixture of townhouses and flats inspired by the grand tenements of Glasgow. The layouts have been designed to prioritise people over vehicles, with wide pavements and creative landscaping. There are 20 properties specifically designed to meet the needs of wheelchair users. The first new tenants arrived in summer 2014.

Phase 1B, started in September 2014, included 69 new homes for sale by Urban Union and 39 for mid-market rent by NGHA. (ref)

Phase 1C, set for completion around June 2018, will see a further 55 new homes built, including 46 social rented units for NGHA along with nine shared equity homes, providing a range of affordability options. It is due for completion in June 2018.

Phase 2 has been designed by Anderson Bell + Christie architects and will include 173 new private dwellings in a mix of 4-6-storey flatted blocks and 3-storey townhouses. Construction started in August 2017 and will continue until around March 2021.

At the heart of the new Laurieston masterplan is a city park which will knit together the new community. This linear park will not only provide public amenities but will also become the link between New Gorbals, Tradeston and Glasgow City Centre.

A small scheme of 24 private homes, will be situated on Bedford Street.

Phase 3, the final tranche of the project, will comprise 319 homes for private sale, along with potential for a hotel and other commercial uses.

Afordable housing at Laurieston, Glasgow

Involving the local community

As Glasgow’s original suburb, Laurieston has a complex history and a closely knit community. Local people have been involved at all stages of the regeneration process as we work to transform the area and perceptions of it.

Public artworks, tree planting and sculptures have been commissioned as part of a five-year arts project. The memories and stories collected by the people of Laurieston over several decades will be incorporated into the fabric of the development as a whole. Peter McCaughey, of arts organisation WAVEparticle, will lead the project, with community workshops, local historians, artists, individuals and principal partners all contributing.

Urban Union’s community development team has also worked closely with social enterprises and local businesses to identify how they can benefit from the project.

During procurement and throughout construction, priority has also been given to recruitment, training and supply chain opportunities targeted in the local area.

Urban regeneration at Laurieston


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