Newsletter - Links - Advertise - Contact Us - Privacy
 

Partick braced for fresh student influx

Bookmark and Share | Send to friend

May 13 2013

Partick braced for fresh student influx
The district of Partick in Glasgow has reinforced its status as a student housing hotspot following the submission of plans by Liverpool based developer Downing for a further 729 units.

Designed by Falconer Chester Hall the latest scheme is located at Beith Street, land previously earmarked for a giant Tesco store.

Composed of two distinct buildings enclosing a private garden space the scheme would be clad in glazing, sandstone, brickwork and metal cladding panels with a curved corner block facing both Beith Street and the river Kelvin acting as an anchor.

Developed, owned and managed by Downing the scheme will open up access with a new riverfront walkway, intended to connect (ultimately) to Kelvingrove and a central courtyard.

These would be augmented by new soft and hard landscaping; including a boundary of lime trees to screen the development and Geo Light sticks along the riverfront.

The Beith Street plans follow in the wake of a 201 bed scheme designed by Manson Architects, a 174 unit complex on Dumbarton Road by Carson & Partners and a much larger 447 bed Fletcher Joseph designed project at nearby Yorkhill.

A separate 402 flat scheme was also recently built on Thurso Street.

Subject to approval work could commence this summer for completion by 2015.
A spate of student housing schemes have emerged for the Partick/Finnieston area in recent years
A spate of student housing schemes have emerged for the Partick/Finnieston area in recent years
The long-term ambition is to create a riverfront walkway connecting Partick to Kelvingrove
The long-term ambition is to create a riverfront walkway connecting Partick to Kelvingrove

4 Comments

Neil C
#1 Posted by Neil C on 13 May 2013 at 17:17 PM
I'm sure the west end NIMBYs will be up in arms about this, but I think this development seems quite sound, especially since the builder will be retaining and factoring it. Hopefully it'll kick-start wider regeneration along Beith Street, right up to the Expressway, because this whole area looks awful at the moment.
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 13 May 2013 at 18:15 PM
Misgivings about this type and scale of private student accommodation development aside, this is surely better than the Tesco proposal for the site. Looks to have some urban ambition too. (No idea what a 'Geo Light stick' is, mind.)
wonky
#3 Posted by wonky on 13 May 2013 at 19:01 PM
This looks a really decent development- obviously hard to tell without seeing the finish- but this is an area needing further development and completion- this goes some way to facilitating the process.
It is an area with tremendous potential: next to the Kelvin, some decent infrastructure added to close proximity to Byers Rd.
Stephen
#4 Posted by Stephen on 15 May 2013 at 10:27 AM
Just what the west end needs, more student accomodation!
However, i am delighted that this area is finally being developed. For someone who used to run about this site as boy, i would have prefered to see more leisure related facilites and less dense accomodation. But all in all good to see some progress.

Post your comments

 

All comments are pre-moderated and
must obey our house rules.

 

Back to May 2013

Search News
Subscribe to Urban Realm Magazine
Features & Reports
For more information from the industry visit our Features & Reports section.