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Stallan-Brand submit Speirs Locks student campus plan

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March 1 2013

Stallan-Brand submit Speirs Locks student campus plan
Stallan-Brand Architects have submitted phase one plans for the development of a student campus at Speirs Locks, Glasgow, on behalf of Charter Properties.

This outlines intent to build a 235 bed student residential tower of 12 storeys, part of a double fronted 100,000sq/ft podium block incorporating artists’ studios, pastoral space and a cafe alongside the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal - with the subsequent delivery of an additional 330 beds planned for future phases.

Informed by existing development work undertaken by 7N Architects, ISIS and GCC, the £9m scheme adopts a strong linear form in relation to the canal side and strives to give critical mass to the nascent arts and creative quarter.

As such a public square doubling as external display space is envisioned between phase one and two additional blocks of student housing planned in subsequent phases, this will be defined by the retained brick wall of the former GCC cleansing department.

Clad in greyish-brown Wienerberger Con Mosso brick the linear element of phase one sits below a Kingspan Benchmark Cor-ten tower element with powder coated aluminium rainscreen cladding used on south and east elevations. A sedum roof will be incorporated throughout.

Central to the scheme is a series of landscape improvements, chiefly a new ramp access route from Sawmillfield Street up to the canal towpath and Glue Factory beyond.

In their design statement Stallan-Brand said: “The proposal is more than simply a student residential development. The project considers the whole environment of the area and plans to contribute positively. With the adjacent Glue Factory, a new towpath cafe, student social spaces and workshops Phase 1 will offer a vibrant and activated context.”
A linear profile has been adopted to shadow the canal
A linear profile has been adopted to shadow the canal
A series of outdoor spaces are intended to reanimate this corner of the city
A series of outdoor spaces are intended to reanimate this corner of the city

High quality hard and soft landscaping will be incorporated throughout the development
High quality hard and soft landscaping will be incorporated throughout the development
Local topography will accentuate the new developments prominence
Local topography will accentuate the new developments prominence

Much needed activity and footfall will be brought to the canal
Much needed activity and footfall will be brought to the canal
Subsequent phasing will be more tenemental in form with the final aspiration being to create an appropriate urban frontage to Garscube Road
Subsequent phasing will be more tenemental in form with the final aspiration being to create an appropriate urban frontage to Garscube Road

3 Comments

pervitecht
#1 Posted by pervitecht on 1 Mar 2013 at 15:29 PM
Loving the slightly pervy renders
wonky
#2 Posted by wonky on 2 Mar 2013 at 18:21 PM
I got that from the hard surfacing
Oh, Matron!
#3 Posted by Oh, Matron! on 4 Mar 2013 at 09:07 AM
I rather like the sculptural petals standing proud and erect

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