Top award for eco-friendly Cart Street

20 Oct 2010

Clydebank's eco-friendly Queens Gate housing development at Cart Street has won the prestigious Saltire Society Award for its design.

Award-winning architects Elder & Cannon of Glasgow received the award from Scotland's Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop MSP at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

This is the third top design award to go to the  £5 million Queen Gate development of 40 eco-friendly flats for Clydebank Housing Association at the former John Brown's shipyard site.  In May, Queens Gate won the Scottish Design Award for affordable housing and last November, the Glasgow Institute of Architects Award.

The impressively curved 4-storey Queens Gate development on Cart Street opposite the new Clydebank College was opened in September 2009.

All the one and two bed homes, with customised glazed balconies, have been designed to a "very good" eco-rating, with high insulation, energy efficient fittings and heating,  low CO2 emissions, and waste recycling facilities.   The development also includes a charging port to power the housing association's electric cars which can be hired by residents.

"We are delighted that Elder & Cannon have won this fantastic award for our Queens Quay development", stated Fiona Webster, chief executive of Clydebank Housing association.

"Feedback from tenants has been extremely positive and we expect these energy efficient flats to be in great demand for decades to come"

Clydebank Re-built, the town's urban regeneration company, managed the project for Clydebank Housing Association.  The builders were CCG (Scotland) and funding came from the Scottish Government, Clydebank Housing Association and its lender Clydesdale Bank, Clydebank re-built and Scottish Water.

Eleanor McAllister, managing director of Clydebank Re-built:  "The Saltire Award together with the Scottish Design and Glasgow Architects Awards put Clydebank on the map once again for its design-led regeneration projects.

"Queens Gate is a landmark housing development and hopefully the first of many on the Queens Quay.  Residents at Queens Gate are very positive about the development and their new homes.  It is a good example of how good design can improve lives"

  • Queens Gate, Cart Street