We are seeking your views on the design codes for Queens Quay.
The Queens Quay site on the former John Browns shipyard site on the Clyde waterfront in Clydebank is one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Scotland and is seen as a key catalyst in the transformation of Clydebank.
A Design Framework, including masterplan has been approved for the central 23 hectares of the site and Planning Permission in Principle has been granted for up to 1,000 homes, commercial, health and leisure uses, public realm and road infrastructure.
There has been considerable investment in the areas surrounding the site with West College Scotland, the Titan Enterprise , Aurora House offices and the Clydebank Leisure Centre. Work is well underway on a District Heating Energy Centre and the central road infrastructure is complete. The new Clydebank Care Home is under construction and this will form part of a ‘health quarter’ alongside a health and care centre which beginning construction this year together with146 affordable homes. The site will link with the town centre as well as railway and bus stations by the Connecting Clydebank A814 Corridor project which will provide a high quality streetscape.
The vision is for a vibrant mixed use community linking the town centre and waterfront. It is intended that Queens Quay will be a place for people to live and work which will allow the Clydebank community access to the river, as well as providing high quality public spaces at the waterfront to attract visitors and new residents from out with Clydebank.
The approved development on Queens Quay is of very high quality and it is intended that this will continue through remaining plots. The approved masterplan identifies twelve development parcels with two of these now well advanced as described above.
An accredited design consultant team have provided Design Codes that build upon the approved Design Framework, to support the delivery of the remainder of the development plots providing clear guidance at an early stage of the development process and a structured approach for the assessment of future planning applications.
It will help to facilitate the delivery of high quality development for the remaining plots, informing of the design and place making ambitions at an early stage.
A Design Code is a form of detailed guidance often used in respect of a new neighbourhood. Typically they are developed in support of a Masterplan are a series of written and graphic rules setting out the two and three dimensional design elements of the development.
Design Codes are a positive statement recognising the particular qualities of a place, focusing on design characteristics that are important to achieve. They establish and firmly fix the ‘must have’ design elements. In doing so, Design Codes help to provide continuity in quality and consistency over time. Codes offer certainty to developers and communities around the type of development that may be built next to their own development ensuring that a high standard of design quality is maintained throughout the entire development.
Design Codes are most successful when they are developed to ‘get the fundamentals right’ and are not so prescriptive that they give too little scope for distinctive and innovative architectural expression.
The Queens Quay Design Codes aim to set out the parameters for how development should be taken forward for the remaining development plots on Queens Quay which will be principally developed for private housing. It is likely that the plots will be developed over the next 5-10 years. The Design Codes are formatted to provide a higher degree of detail around the design aspirations which are detailed in the approved Design Framework for the site and they deliberately stop short of being overly prescriptive. They are not ‘rules’ that encourage uniformity or that stifle innovation or creativity but are furnished with examples of well designed places elsewhere to ensure the basics are right in evolving the physical fabric of the area.
The Queens Quay Design Codes document is currently in draft format and we invite developers, designers, housebuilders, housing associations, professional bodies, community groups, local organisations and groups, design professionals and practitioners and individuals to offer your comments and constructive appraisal of the document before 20th April 2020.
Please contact Ashley Mullen – Place and Design Officer on 01389 737775, should you have any questions about the Design Codes or email: Place&DesignPanel@west-dunbarton.gov.uk.