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Yorkhill student residences planned

February 1 2011

Yorkhill student residences planned
Watkin Jones has submitted a planning application for a massive 447 bed student housing development in Yorkhill, Glasgow.

Designed by Edinburgh based Fletcher Joseph architects the £15m brick clad development will replace the derelict timber built Kelvin School.

Rising to six storeys the development completes a tenemental block, reinforcing the surrounding streetscape.

It will accommodate gated pedestrian access from Yorkhill St through to Nairn St, acting as a visual break in the building line. This route passes through a semi private courtyard space, together with a social lounge built into the stepped site with a landscaped green roof

Watkin Jones recently began work on another substantial west end student residential scheme on Thurso Street.

The exoisting Kelvin School will be demolished
The exoisting Kelvin School will be demolished
Underground parking will be provided within the stepped topography of the site
Underground parking will be provided within the stepped topography of the site


Anastasia Devlin
#1 Posted by Anastasia Devlin on 16 Apr 2011 at 13:09 PM
I really am not happy about the way that Yorkhill is being turned into a mini student village.
As a resident of Yorkhill for over 20 yrs living in a 2 bedroom flat with a teenager and a child under 5, It is a bit of a kick in the teeth to see new housing going up for students while myself and other residents of Yorkhill are living in overcrowded flats. This means that people like myself have to move away from the area in which we regard our community.
Was any consideration taken regarding families that live in the area?
The noise at night from the students going home to the other student accomadation is waking our children up at night, and the amount of litter left in Yorkhill St and the gardens of the residents to me is unacceptable. I have on many occasions removed rubbish, beer cans, broken bottles and on one occasion a condom from my garden. This is a garden in which my child plays in.
There is a great need for social housing in the west end and feel that far to much is going into student accomadation.
I also dont recall receiving any info on this project and only found out from a neighbour, which means i was not given the chance to express my views before the planning went through.
Jon Gallacher
#2 Posted by Jon Gallacher on 22 Apr 2011 at 12:31 PM
i think its about time that housing was built , there is enough student accomdation there is more than enough for students, gives us rentabil accomdation.
Sean Kelly
#3 Posted by Sean Kelly on 10 Jan 2012 at 14:38 PM
I believe the university willl be the landowners and will have no reason to develop the land into social housing for the local community, unfortunatley.
#4 Posted by Adela on 28 Jan 2013 at 14:01 PM
This is a University area. You don't like students moving in, move to Glasgow South. What, you consider it normal for students to live an hour away from university? Would you like your kid to live far from university? I highly doubt it. Have you ever been to a University owned accomodation? 2 people living in a tiny room, sharing a bathroom with 12 other people and a kitchen with other 16 people. This is a private building, built by somebody who purchased the land and you people that have no regard for what being a student is should have no say in it. If the noise bothers you, call the police, make a complaint. The noisy, messy students deserve it. But complaining about offering students a place to stay is ridiculous.
Partick Bateman
#5 Posted by Partick Bateman on 28 Jan 2013 at 16:51 PM
"This is a University area"
There is a university nearby yes, but you don't see many of these blocks going up in Dowanhill do you?.... No, they prefer to build them in the "cheaper" areas where companies like Watkin Jones can make a killing by putting up these anodyne filing cabinets for students, which as has been rightly pointed out, completely changes the demographics of an area.

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