Situated on the edge of the Forth and Clyde Canal, in the Maryhill district of Glasgow, Mondriaan is an exceptional development of one and two-bedroom apartments, and three and four-bedroom townhouses.
Taking their inspiration from Amsterdam, a city where canalside living is a way of life, and in particular the Borneo peninsula where industrial docklands have become architectural showpieces, the architects for the development, Holmes Partnership (now part of Holmes Miller), have been influenced by the Dutch artist Piet Mondriaan. Known for his bold geometric abstracts, Mondriaan’s ideas can be seen in the use of coloured geometric shapes on the exterior of the buildings — strong blocks of colour and a variety of window configurations.
Bounded by Shuna Street, to the east by Bilsland Drive, and to the west by Ruchill Street, with the canal on the south, the development is just a mile from the vibrant West End and its choice of bars, shops, restaurants and leisure amenities. The Mondriaan was built on the site formerly occupied by the Glasgow Rubber Works, Shuna Street, Ruchill, Glasgow. This complex was built in 1876 by George MacLellan and Co, and closed in June 2002. The site was then purchased by Bellway Homes Limited and designed by leading Glasgow architects Holmes Partnership. The first block of apartments was ready for occupancy in 2005. Council housing which was built in the interwar years within Shuna Street, Ruchill Street and Hugo Street was demolished in 1999. Part of this site was developed by Maryhill Housing Association in conjunction with Bellway Homes and Holmes Partnership, forming Phase 2 of the Mondriaan. Fifty-two units of similar construction were built on this site in 2009. In 2014, Sanctuary Housing Association began the final phase of the Mondriaan, building 70 units that include an apartment building and several townhouses. This development completes the regeneration of Ruchill.Harry Phillips, Chairman of Holmes Partnership, says ‘Mondriaan puts down a marker for a revitalised Ruchill on the Forth and Clyde Canal. The individually coloured townhouse frontages speak of a new confidence in the area, and provide a suitable waterside response to the ambitious Millennium Project canal redevelopment‘.
Bellway Homes Ltd (Scotland West) scooped the much coveted Homes for Scotland ‘Quality Award 2008’ (urban large category) in recognition of the company’s inspiring Mondriaan development in Glasgow. Judged by an independent panel that was headed by Scotland’s chief planner, Jim MacKinnon, the Homes for Scotland awards sought year to embrace the Scottish Government’s place-making agenda, with the focus being on ‘Designing Places’ in an effort to create sustainable communities.