Social interaction – The Trampoline Bridge
From the onset, it was clear that our building and its’ locale were both at risk. The area is very accessible, it can reached by means of car, subway or foot and is only ten minutes from the heart of Glasgow’s’ City Centre. Situated so close to the CBD of Glasgow and the nearby sheriff court, we thought our locale, much like the surrounding areas would have a large footfall and greater social interaction whether it be on a residential or commercial basis. However, this was not the case. With regeneration projects already underway to the south, Glasgow city to the North, the sheriff court to the West and a combination of residential/commercial building to the East, our locale finds itself out with the liveliness’ and interaction from Glasgow it so desperately seeks.
For our proposal, we wanted to reignite the former successful drapery warehouse and the Laurieston area. We wanted to expose the area out with its’ own bubble and reintroduce it back into the wider community of Glasgow. We decided to implement a ‘trampoline bridge,’ in place of Glasgow Bridge. Our thought process behind this is that it creates a physical convergence point of interest, whereby people can come together, socialise by way of ‘trampolining’ and get to know one another as well as the area. Furthermore, this event attracts a wide array of people and does not limit its diversity, appealing to all religions, ages and ethnicities across Glasgow, breaking the social boundaries we feel our locale has.
At end of the bridge marks the beginning of our Laurieston area. By way of this event, our locale will receive a greater footfall. A greater footfall leads to local businesses’ receiving more business, which eventually, creates more jobs. Further down the line, said business and jobs creates more revenue for the area, which can be reinvested into the area in an attempt to restore the Laurieston back to an area of economic success.
Sketches of 143 Oxford Street.
When we researched our site, it was evident that the main problem was the disconnection between the northern and southern areas, both psychologically and physically. Previous attempts of regeneration within the area focused on the buildings within the site, however, these have failed to restore the Laurieston area back to an area of economic success which it once was. Contrary to the previous attempt of regeneration, we feel the problem stems from the disconnection our locale has with Glasgow through the interference of the River Clyde. To combat the above issue, we decided to implement a trampoline bridge to increase footfall within the area. The bridge is designed to act as a convergence point, and the exit leads into the start of the Laurieston area. We believe this interactive and playable concept of the trampoline will help break the barrier between Laurieston and the wider Glasgow area.
Previous example for regenerating our site.
143 Oxford st. is located in Laurieston, district in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. By the late 19th century, it had become densely populated due to industrialisation. There was social/council housing provided for the working class, resulting in the aforementioned densely packed area. However, since the late 20th century, much or the area has been demolished and now redeveloped, implementing new residential housing and commercial buildings.
This leads to the disconnection from central Glasgow. Therefore, modern, low rise apartments are under development in an attempt to re-connect this part of central Glasgow to wider Glasgow, breaking down the barrier of the exclusion zone. Having spoken to the locals of the area, this exclusion from the Glasgow area, as well ongoing issue of crime has resulted in the area becoming less an less desirable to stay in.
Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area – Phase 1A
This development of 200 affordable homes forms the first phase of regeneration for the Laurieston area of Glasgow. Working alongside Page/Park, Elder and Cannon were asked to design 80 units, including the prominent southernmost flatted block and 2 housing terraces, offering diversity to the masterplan.