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November 10 2014

More student housing on the way for Townhead
Cooper Cromar Architects have gone back to the drawing board on their 2008 proposals for new student housing at 35-47 Kyle Street, Glasgow, beefing up their plans for the fringe site to include 296 rooms and 480 sq/m of ground floor retail and 562sq/m of business space.

the nine storey scheme will incorporate ground floor commercial uses on the site of a former printworks, tapping into the wider redevelopment of the area including 441 student flats to the immediate south and a campus expansion for Glasgow Caledonian University.

Replica stone cladding panels will be used along the primary Kyle Street elevation with grey/brown facing brick and zinc used for secondary elevations, which will frame a first floor amenity deck fronting Stafford Street.

In their design statement Cooper Cromar said: “Zinc zladding, orientated vertically, was introduced on all sides of the building to provide relief from the two main materials and also highlight active frontages and entry points around the site. The ideas of rhythm, order, modules and reveals were then introduced across the form of the building with consideration of the materials component sizes and construction requirements.”
A mixture od replica stone, brick and zinc will be used for the facades
A mixture od replica stone, brick and zinc will be used for the facades
View from North Hannover Street, site of a planned 13 storey tower
View from North Hannover Street, site of a planned 13 storey tower

16 Comments

James
#1 Posted by James on 10 Nov 2014 at 16:19 PM
This is a wind-up, no kidding.
zladding
#2 Posted by zladding on 10 Nov 2014 at 17:11 PM
@ #1... Oh sit down!...
Art Vandelay
#3 Posted by Art Vandelay on 10 Nov 2014 at 21:10 PM
Chronic patter.

It's pretty average - very similar massing and articulation as the other student scheme across the road that was on here a while back.
E=mc2
#4 Posted by E=mc2 on 10 Nov 2014 at 23:21 PM
Is there no quality control? At all?
Ho Lee Fuk
#5 Posted by Ho Lee Fuk on 11 Nov 2014 at 10:35 AM
This area started going downhill when they got rid of Peter McCann House....
Sum Ting Wong
#6 Posted by Sum Ting Wong on 11 Nov 2014 at 12:45 PM
This surely shows things cant be right in the city if pretty much every second scheme across the city is student housing. Bubble much?
Crapper Coma
#7 Posted by Crapper Coma on 11 Nov 2014 at 13:37 PM
Was not enough they moved out of their own office to make way for studen housing they have to shove c**p like this on the city!?
How many schemes with Resi above retail do we need in this city given the vast majority of the retail lyes empty... and that's the one in more prime locals not out on the fringe of townhead?
Gies a brek
#8 Posted by Gies a brek on 11 Nov 2014 at 21:20 PM
What you all moaning about. This is a pretty solid looking building that will dramatically improve this neglected corner of the city.

Though I do agree with poster 6 - surely we have reached peak student?
Pageturner
#9 Posted by Pageturner on 12 Nov 2014 at 06:14 AM
This is a perfectly good scheme

Had it been one of the trendy architectural "In crowd" you would be fawning all over it saying it was well considered and was simple and elegant.

Mind you if it had been one of the trendy architectural "In crowd" the development would be a year late and gone miles over budget. 

Enjoying watching the Theatre Royal.......do you think its going to be open for the commonwealth games ?
james
#10 Posted by james on 12 Nov 2014 at 08:26 AM
Enough. Solid-looking as an attribute can also be accorded to a turd. What bleak vision of North Britain does this repository of young lives aspire to? One where we are born, we work, we consume, we die. This is truly terrifying. I would not wish for any of my children to ever be incarcerated there. Or mebbes that's not how you see it? At this level of skill, is it any wonder that architects are perceived as no better than hedge fund managers. A disgrace is the most this can be referred to as. Sincerely.
David
#11 Posted by David on 12 Nov 2014 at 11:46 AM
The level of dramatic over exaggeration on this forum is truly a joke.

A disgrace?
Incarcerated?
Repository of you lives?
Terrifying?
Vast majority of retail lies empty? Where?

Get real.

Admittedly, it's not the prettiest of buildings, but it's certainly no carbuncle or similar.

I'm assuming all you drama queens have obviously designed and built far better schemes given your expert critiques? Care to share any of them with us oh experts?
boaby wan
#12 Posted by boaby wan on 12 Nov 2014 at 12:38 PM
I hate hate hate this ridiculous thing that comes up on here time and again
"I'm assuming all you drama queens have obviously designed and built far better schemes given your expert critiques? Care to share any of them with us oh experts?"

just because you don't work for a massive commercial firm turning out student housing for developers doesn't mean you can't have an opinion or offer critique on other buildings!

I guess the general public, planning officers etc should also not be allowed an opinion because they haven't designed a better, alternative scheme for the site (presumably free of charge?!)
nosense! If the only answer to critical comments is "well you haven't done a better scheme" we really are in trouble.

Perhaps you can take us through the merits of student housing in glasgow and this particular scheme David?
Art Vandelay
#13 Posted by Art Vandelay on 12 Nov 2014 at 12:59 PM
#12 - agree with you, however, the drama queen schtick that other commenters seem to drag out for every single news story is equally invalid.
David
#14 Posted by David on 12 Nov 2014 at 13:37 PM
Boaby Wan,

I didn't say anywhere in my post that you 'can't have an opinion or offer critique on other buildings'.

My point was the over exaggeration of some forum contributors.

Furthermore, and in this case, as is frustratingly common on here, not offering any critique at all, other than to say something like 'This is truly terrifying', which clearly it isn't.

If you care to read my post again a bit more carefully, I wasn't championing this scheme at all, or 'the merits of student housing in glasgow' . Why would I?
james
#15 Posted by james on 12 Nov 2014 at 14:04 PM
david,
let me spell this out for you -
a disgrace - to the 'profession' of architects.
incarcerated - I thought of using immured, but thought incarcerated was a better word-choice, highlighting the prison-like qualities of this design. Incidentally, if this was a prison, the same feelings toward it would still apply.
repository of 'young' lives - yes, just like a warehouse or a bookstore, except in this case, young lives.
terrifying - yes, it terrifies me as it is completely devoid of any humanity.
there - is that any clearer? This my opinion. And can we stop this 'school prefect' bit as it is insulting to say the least. Who appointed you the moral guardian?
David
#16 Posted by David on 12 Nov 2014 at 15:30 PM
James,

Nobody did.

Let's agree to disagree.

''In my opinion'', you're still exaggerating. If however you're not, then I'm glad I'm not you!

ps - you've obviously not been to visit any prisons recently either

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