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Glasgow’s latest student build unwrapped

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January 18 2017

Glasgow’s latest student build unwrapped
Watkin Jones have unveiled a 504-bedroom student housing development in Glasgow spanning five individual blocks of accommodation by the River Kelvin.

Occupying the site of a former bakery the Fletcher Joseph Architects designed scheme includes a concierge office, social spaces, laundry and extensive public realm work, including a new waterfront walkway linking to Dumbarton Road.

It is hoped that this link will ultimately allow unimpeded pedestrian access between Kelvingrove and the Transport Museum when fully complete.

Designed to respond to the former mill buildings the student housing is finished in brick with upper floors framed in glass and zinc.
 An un-listed brick water tower at the heart of the former Scotstoun Flour Mill has been rebuilt as part of the scheme.
An un-listed brick water tower at the heart of the former Scotstoun Flour Mill has been rebuilt as part of the scheme.
Extensive public realm work has opened up the riverfront
Extensive public realm work has opened up the riverfront

5 Comments

Islands of sanity
#1 Posted by Islands of sanity on 18 Jan 2017 at 13:24 PM
I thought I was looking at Tapei or similar, a bit depressing, until I noticed the skies were grey, no surprise there, it is Glasgow.
Paul Sweeney
#2 Posted by Paul Sweeney on 18 Jan 2017 at 14:45 PM
Not the worst scheme but I do believe we are missing a serious opportunity to create an integrated riverside walkway along the Kelvin to the new Partick-Govan bridge proposed for Glasgow Harbour. The abandoned railway bridge over the Kelvin could be repurposed to create a pretty decent 'mini High Line' style walkway from the Kelvin Hall to the Riverside Museum. If there was real vision for the public realm you could even have a vintage tram line linking the two key cultural sites along the route, like the line at Summerlee Industrial Museum in Coatbridge.
Wonky
#3 Posted by Wonky on 19 Jan 2017 at 12:02 PM
Paul, hawd yer horses jist a minute...vision? Imagination? Public realm? This is Glasgow. Take what your given. Joined up thinking is too 'scandinavian' & hence smacks of all that woolly jumpered lefty independence guff, we at GCC cannot countenance. Creating environments that empower people, increases their freedom & makes them happy is just too radical. We must keep people in their boxes. Boxes are the future.
Seriously though Paul, great idea! People like you ought to be working for the council!
As for the flats, I think they look decent, and the density is just what is needed in the city.
T Oro
#4 Posted by T Oro on 20 Jan 2017 at 12:46 PM
Paul, I believe that CGAP/ Govan Old Town Centre Plan have a proposal to do just that. Linking the west end and Govan Old Town/ Water Row via a walkway along the Kelvin and a new drawbridge at the Transport museum. The potential for GCC to allow a block of student accommodation to kill off the idea is pretty high.
Islands of sanity
#5 Posted by Islands of sanity on 21 Jan 2017 at 14:41 PM
A good example of this type of approach is the Water of Leith Walkway, snaking 13 miles through urban areas. Conceived 40 years ago, it took 30 years to realise, using existing paths, new interventions by public bodies and crucially, ensuring that all private sector developments fully played their part in doing their bit.

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