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February 14 2014

Partick student housing bonanza shows no sign of abating
A student housing boom in Partick is showing no sign of abating following submission of plans by Glasgow Harbour to build a 500 room scheme with ground floor retail on vacant ground at Beith Street.

Designed by ADF Architects and Gillespies the proposal slots into a wider master plan for the area, which aims to open up access to the river Kelvin by connecting it to Partick and bring a swathe of derelict land back into use.

Clad in terracotta and metallic aluminium and a base course of facing brick the development takes the form of a ground floor retail podium with student accommodation stacked above the property will feature a continuously sloping roof line – with retail protruding out in places to distinguish both functions and provide a garden terrace for residents above.

Last week Alumno Developments received planning permission for a £60m development of 701 student rooms on a neighbouring plot.
A number of abortive planning applications have been made for the plot in recent years
A number of abortive planning applications have been made for the plot in recent years
ADF's latest proposal plugs into a wider master plan for the area
ADF's latest proposal plugs into a wider master plan for the area

The former industrial and railway land has lain derelict since the Beeching cuts of the sixties
The former industrial and railway land has lain derelict since the Beeching cuts of the sixties

3 Comments

wonky
#1 Posted by wonky on 14 Feb 2014 at 17:40 PM
Always glad to see development of negative space- but I think the design looks fairly poor: at least something is better than nothing I guess- is that a measure of progress or an admission of where we are?
wonky
#2 Posted by wonky on 14 Feb 2014 at 19:56 PM
is it just me or does that last pic look like a PFI hospital? It certainly has the bland aura of institutionalization.
Roddy_
#3 Posted by Roddy_ on 15 Jun 2015 at 15:55 PM
And so continues the story of woefully inadequate student housing design in Glasgow.
The decision to place the car parking so prominently on Beith St is a real two fingered gesture to the street. Why wasn’t it placed adjacent the railway line? The setbacks at the entrance dilute the urban proposition even more.
Seems like both architects and planners have abdicated any responsibility to respond to the Urban context.
Ps according to image presented above- looks like the meagre gesture of bay windows in the original scheme have been lost.

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