Muir Road, West Dunbartonshire

Phase One of the Bellsmyre Masterplan

Muir Road replaces aging residential blocks with resident requested, lower density housing.

Location: West Dunbartonshire

Client: Caledonia Housing Association

Project Value: £9.5m (£31.5 total)

Status: Complete

Specialisation: New build low energy homes

Muir Road housing development consists of 66 new-build dwellings to replace high-rise blocks with lower density housing. High quality 2-storey houses and cottage flats, as well as 3-storey flatted blocks occupy the new development which sits on the edge of the Bellsmyre Nature Conservation Area. Muir Road slopes steeply to the South West offering excellent views of Dumbarton town centre and the River Clyde as well as topographical challenges in terms of SUDS, level-access properties and the provision of useable garden spaces.

Designs and layouts for the 1-3 bedroom accommodation were developed over the course of a number of months with Caledonia HA and the local residents to ensure spaces were generous, yet efficient. 44 semi-detached dwellings will be provided and 22 flats, which will create available homes for those affected by the Bellsmyre Regeneration project, freeing properties for demolition and redevelopment.

The new homes have been designed to meet the Scottish Governments Silver Aspects 1 & 2, incorporating the use of PV panels and ensuring the heating demand and U-values are lower than the standard Building Regulation requirements. Our key principles were to respect the existing context whilst at the same time creating a new identity that creates a dialog between traditional Scottish architecture and contemporary design. Using simple tools such as: gable end chimney features, contemporary grey brick and protruding brick details we have achieved modern, simple and cost-effective design.

Quote from Client: 

“A big well done from CHA for all your efforts pulling this project over the line.”  

– David Leaf, Development Officer, Caledonia Housing Association 

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