Water Row, Govan


The £57 million masterplan for Water Row proposes a mixed-use, mixed-tenure development providing 200 new homes, with Phase 1 consisting of 92 apartments and 3,500 square metres of commercial space. 

Designed by Collective Architecture for Govan Housing Association, the new homes for rent – with an additional six commercial units beneath them – will be created close to the River Clyde as part of a wider multi-million masterplan to help regenerate the community.

The construction will be carried out by CCG (Scotland) Ltd and the project is being designed to meet Glasgow City Council’s ‘Glasgow Standard’ for new build housing - providing affordable, warm, safe and highly energy-efficient homes.



The project has been designed to achieve Glasgow City Council's Gold Hybrid standard under policy SG5: Resource Management, providing a minimum 20% carbon emissions abatement using low and zero carbon generating technology.

In response to the climate emergency, we have worked closely with our design team colleagues from concept stage to develop an energy strategy which includes the following key features:

  • Off-Site Manufactured Timber Frame System
  • Enhanced Fabric U-values and reduced Thermal Bridging
  • Triple Glazed Windows
  • Avoidance of Fossil-Fuels
  • High Retention Electric Storage Heaters
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wastewater Heat Recovery System
  • Average Annual Space Heating Energy Demand of 20 kWh/m²
  • 27% carbon reduction over current building standards


Carbon Futures have been appointed to develop a cost-effective and practical energy and sustainability strategy for the development. This will involve in-depth discussion with the key stakeholders in order to determine the most practical energy strategy for the development.

Additional services provided include Design Certification, Building Regulation Compliance through the provision of Energy Assessments, Energy Performance Certification and Thermal Modelling.

For commercial elements we have undertaken a daylight analysis, thermal comfort study and indoor air quality assessments to ensure the internal environment is designed to promote the health, well-being and productivity of occupants. This facade optimisation exercise considers the use of passive design measures (i.e. solar shading and night-time purging) before employing energy-intensive mechanical plant to achieve best-practice indoor conditions.

Design Team

Govan Housing Association
Govan Housing Association
CCG (Scotland) Ltd
CCG (Scotland) Ltd
Collective Architecture
Collective Architecture
Glasgow City Council
Local Authority
Glasgow City Council