Maryhill Locks

  • Client:

    Bigg Regeneration

  • Location: Glasgow
  • Status: Completed - RIBA Stage 7
  • Contract value: £4M
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Formed as part of phase 3 to a wider residential led mixed use regeneration masterplan, this project designs 40no. units with a mixture of two, three and four bed terraced housing on the site known locally as ‘the botany”

Set within a historic part of Glasgow’s west end and to the nearby Maryhill Locks and the River Kelvin, the scheme has been developed as simple, 2 and 3 storey blocks. The proposals conceptually consider ideas of domestic living and built scales around the notions of the traditional west end terrace homes to the housing typologies of European canal living.


Conceived as a building with a clear language, materiality of the terraces has been developed as a simple but robust palette of brick with a family of precast concrete pieces and decorative metalwork used to articulate thresholds and openings.

Formally the scheme has been set out as linear terraces with expressive ends. The two, three and four bedroom units have been developed to a similar plan and construction arrangement offering efficiencies by repetition and flexibilities in the typology mix. Generated through development of the roof form and massing, the three and four bedroom house types offer additional use, or future opportunities, to an inhabited roof space.

To create a sense of diversity and character across the long façades the fenestration has been carefully staggered and the brick colour changed between off black and off white to provide a strong distinction between each individual dwelling.

The project takes advantage of the sites sloping topography allowing for large scale picture windows to be played upon drawing both light into the house plan but importantly taking advantage of the panoramic views out over the River Kelvin, Glasgow’s west end and beyond.