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July 11 2016

Collegelands student housing expansion proposals updated
Anderson Bell Christie Architects have amended a previous consent to erect a 458 bed student housing block within Glasgow’s Collegelands on behalf of developer Vastint, being progressed in tandem with plans for a Moxy branded hotel.

The ‘S’ plan build will be activated at ground level with a reception, seating areas, study zones, gym, games zones, movie room, laundry facilities and a mailbox area which will wrap around north and south facing courtyards accommodating entrance spaces, bin stores and cycle racks.

Recessed courtyards will be faced in horizontal terracotta panels in an evocation of the white tiles used in traditional Glasgow block courtyards with elements of colour introduced via the use of light yellow and green laminate panels.

Primary facades will be clad in terracotta coloured fibre cement panels redolent of archetypal Glaswegian red sandstone.

In their design statement the architects observed: “The primary concept for the elevations is to create a set piece which constitutes a bottom (the glazed ground floor or dark grey plinth); middle (bays formed in PPC aluminium express framing, glazed screens & light weight cladding); and top (terminated precast elements).

“The PPC aluminium express frame protrudes from the main building line (horizontally & vertically), giving it depth, whilst allowing it to divide up the elevation into composed bays. This strategy is altered slightly at the kitchen corners to accentuate them and define their compositional importance.”

The entire composition will face a landscaped SUDS canal feature replete with timber jetty and cycle path with the architects likening the water feature to a castle moat.
Interior courtyards take their cue from the traditional Glasgow block - albeit with an added splash of colour
Interior courtyards take their cue from the traditional Glasgow block - albeit with an added splash of colour
The scheme will front a SUDS pond landscaped to resemble a canalbank
The scheme will front a SUDS pond landscaped to resemble a canalbank

3 Comments

QMD
#1 Posted by QMD on 11 Jul 2016 at 11:16 AM
fast, cheap, dull, or, zero aesthetic.
Sven
#2 Posted by Sven on 11 Jul 2016 at 23:07 PM
This is some of Glasgow's most historic area and we have an any-town architecture that could be Shanghai or a suburb of Lousiville Kentucky. Thanks for selling out local history.
Rationalist
#3 Posted by Rationalist on 12 Jul 2016 at 14:38 PM
This is poorly set out spandrel panel extrusion with some camouflage applied.

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