RMJM awarded Scottish Home Awards' ‘Best City Apartment of the Year’ for Park House
Park House, designed by architects RMJM for Noah City Developments and home to 50 unique apartments and 4 rooftop penthouses, lies in the very heart of Glasgow’s historic Park area. The area is arguably the city’s finest set piece of Victorian grand design and was created to offer successful merchants and professionals a dignified retreat in the overpopulated city. Originally designed as a series of townhouses, the area has now re-emerged as one of the city’s most fashionable addresses.
One of the area’s, and perhaps the city’s, most prominent landmarks – the famous whitewashed tower of the former Park Church – has been married to an adjacent 1960s office block to create a bold, contemporary building. Paul Stallan, European Design Director for architects RMJM commented: “Around 60 per cent of the buildings in the Park Area are listed so our design solution not only had to carefully take into consideration the historic and architectural significance of the listed church tower but also the surrounding conservation area. The existing office block was stripped back to its structure and given a new lease of life through a contemporary remodelling clad in honed Jura limestone and zinc. We also included accents of glass to reflect the surrounding environment.”
Chair of the judging panel, Margo Macdonald said: “It’s very difficult to sell houses at the moment but hopefully our winners will now have the edge over the competition by showing their developments as truly award winning in a highly respected programme which has great support from the industry. It’s also important to recognise achievements this year when housing businesses have really struggled to come to terms with the recession. Anyone delivering new homes in this environment is worthy of recognition but these winners have really excelled.”
52 businesses made the finals in the competition which received over 130 entries. The results were determined by a 14 strong panel of industry experts.