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Student flats conversion on the cards for historic Glasgow school

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November 19 2014

Student flats conversion on the cards for historic Glasgow school
A redundant C listed Glasgow primary school is in line to be converted into student apartments after London Commercial Property Partners lodged plans by Susan Stephen Architects for the west end property.

Located within the Woodlands Conservation Area, adjacent to Elder & Cannon’s Ballet School conversion, the project must contend with significant water ingress and damage since the school’s closure in 2010.

Proposed work will see the main school building refurbished and converted together with the addition of three new build elements; an infill block on West Princes Street, a studio block and a new entrance and pavilion.

In their design statement Susan Stephen said: “We seek to re-interpret the buildings and courtyards of Glasgow’s West-End in a contemporary manner with an emphasis on the creation of spaces with social, recreational and educational value attractive to students.

“The design includes new buildings which complement the school building and complete the urban form and street elevation of West Princes Street providing an exciting and dynamic residence.”

New builds will be clad in natural stone with slate roofing whilst a new glass and zinc clad floor and cupola will replace the existing pitched roof of the main school block.

This latter intervention drew criticism from the Friends of Glasgow West which, while welcoming the rest of the scheme: said: “Plonking an ugly grey metal box onto the building is crass and shows little appreciation for the original architect’s concept.”
A 1970s gap site on West Princes Street will be repaired
A 1970s gap site on West Princes Street will be repaired
School annexes will be demolished to make way for new build elements
School annexes will be demolished to make way for new build elements

2 Comments

Ross
#1 Posted by Ross on 19 Nov 2014 at 12:36 PM
I think it is a great idea recycling redundant buildings, especially these beautiful Victorian/Edwardian primary schools, for the use of student accommodation. Especially as it appears we cannot get enough rooms in the city. Might I suggest similar schemes for Golfhill Primary school in Dennistoun as a prime example.
isabelle mcpherson
#2 Posted by isabelle mcpherson on 20 Nov 2014 at 15:52 PM
This is a great idea. Bring it on and all the other old buildings in the city. I can think of one in the Govan area.

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