Bellsmyre Regeneration


A sustainable approach to the regeneration of Bellsmyre that creates quality spaces for local residents and where the local community and wildlife can thrive.

Location: Bellsmyre, Dumbarton

Client: Caledonia Housing Association

Project Value: £23m

Status: On site

Specialisation: Passivhaus & Passivhaus Plus

Bellsmyre provides 240 new build, affordable homes built to high quality with open spaces in an existing residential context. With our extensive knowledge of sustainability, the development is designed to the Passivhaus standard with many also achieving net-zero. The proposal replaces a large number of ageing blocks which could not be upgraded to pass the Scottish Governments EESSH standard. We worked closely with Caledonia Housing Association to  establish the principles for the overall masterplan for the area, dealing with many site constraints, particularly the steep gradients across the site. A number of community consultation events were held, as well as design reviews with the Planning department and local councillors to ensure full integration of stakeholder comments.

The development consists of a mix of 1-4 bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses, as well as 1 & 2 bedroom cottage flats all to the Passivhaus standard. Central to the masterplan layout was the urban design strategy to ensure good place-making. The development provides pedestrian and cycle routes through the site which connect to the wider context. Along these routes are a series of open spaces, all varying in size, treatment and use, which contribute to and extends the wider green network of the Bellsmyre area. Green infrastructure has been integrated within the landscaping of the proposal which encourages biodiversity, improving the environment not only for the residents but also the local wildlife.


  • Shortlisted:  The Planning Awards – Award for best Housing Scheme (fewer than 500 homes)
  • Shortlisted:  The Planning Awards – Award for Regeneration

Similar Projects