Sanctuary appoints architect for Glasgow hospital site

Battlefield Road’s Nightingale wings will be retained as part of the project
Battlefield Road’s Nightingale wings will be retained as part of the project

A local design team has been appointed to create a housing vision for Glasgow’s former Victoria Infirmary.

Sanctuary Group has instructed Glasgow-based Collective Architecture to produce draft proposals for the first phase of community consultation, due to start at the end of January.

Sanctuary will build around 400 high quality homes on the prestigious hospital site purchased from the NHS on 1 August.

The not-for-profit housing provider will retain the listed administration building along with key heritage features including Battlefield Road’s iconic Nightingale wings and the gatehouse off Langside Road.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group director – development, said: “Collective Architecture is an award-winning Glasgow firm with vast experience of community consultation, both for Sanctuary and other housing providers.

“Collective Architecture is developing a comprehensive community engagement programme beyond the statutory requirement to ensure local opinions are captured and considered. This consultation process will begin at the end of January.

“We have started the process of demolishing parts of the site, but I can reassure the local community the Nightingale wings, administration block and gatehouse will be retained. The local community will also be given notice before any major activity begins.”

Sanctuary plans to transform the former Victoria Infirmary into modern, stylish homes for first-time buyers, families and older buyers.

Nick Walker of Collective Architecture added: “The Victoria Infirmary redevelopment represents a wonderful opportunity to deliver new homes in Langside within existing and new buildings.

“It is a unique chance to carefully connect the site back into the surrounding area and to Queen’s Park, creating connections for pedestrians and opening up views of the park.”

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