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Former Glasgow tobacco warehouse welcomes first student tenants

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July 28 2017

Former Glasgow tobacco warehouse welcomes first student tenants
Michael Laird Architects have taken the wraps off their latest build, the conversion and extension of a former tobacco warehouse on Glasgow’s George Street to form student accommodation.

More recently The Turnbull Building had been converted into office accommodation for Strathclyde University but when the further education provider pulled out KR Developments moved in to create 87 studio apartments , one 2-bed apartment, a gym, laundry, cinema and social spaces within the existing fabric.

This work saw the impressive sandstone frontage retained while the spaces behind were reconfigured for the change in use with a double storey profiled metal rooftop extension providing additional floorspace.

The ground floor area is given over to a street facing reception space with large format hardwood screens and doors.

Photography by McAteer

Flats to the rear look out over the Ramshorn Kirk
Flats to the rear look out over the Ramshorn Kirk
Students can make the most of a wealth of on-site facilities
Students can make the most of a wealth of on-site facilities

5 Comments

Philip
#1 Posted by Philip on 28 Jul 2017 at 11:42 AM
Fine elevation. The original I mean.
Chris Ditchfield
#2 Posted by Chris Ditchfield on 28 Jul 2017 at 13:28 PM
Well designed redevelopment. Fits well with the Miller corner scheme adjacent ( Sainsbury's at ground). Improves this part of George St no end - who'll demolish the NCP car opark opposite abnd redevelop that eyesore?
N. Warren
#3 Posted by N. Warren on 28 Jul 2017 at 14:11 PM
Job well done, but a pity they did not clean the sandstone frontage while the scaffolding was up.
QMD
#4 Posted by QMD on 28 Jul 2017 at 16:37 PM
decent job! better if they can fit a roof garden above. or even a wee balcony at the top right corner!
Ollieman
#5 Posted by Ollieman on 31 Jul 2017 at 13:21 PM
Why would you want to clean the original sandstone facade? The patina that has built up over the years is protective and adds character. I think there is still a no stone cleaning policy for Glasgow's listed buildings and quite rightly so.

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