Stallan-Brand submit Speirs Locks student campus plan
March 1 2013submitted phase one plans for the development of a student campus at Speirs Locks, Glasgow, on behalf of Charter Properties.
This outlines intent to build a 235 bed student residential tower of 12 storeys, part of a double fronted 100,000sq/ft podium block incorporating artists’ studios, pastoral space and a cafe alongside the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal - with the subsequent delivery of an additional 330 beds planned for future phases.
Informed by existing development work undertaken by 7N Architects, ISIS and GCC, the £9m scheme adopts a strong linear form in relation to the canal side and strives to give critical mass to the nascent arts and creative quarter.
As such a public square doubling as external display space is envisioned between phase one and two additional blocks of student housing planned in subsequent phases, this will be defined by the retained brick wall of the former GCC cleansing department.
Clad in greyish-brown Wienerberger Con Mosso brick the linear element of phase one sits below a Kingspan Benchmark Cor-ten tower element with powder coated aluminium rainscreen cladding used on south and east elevations. A sedum roof will be incorporated throughout.
Central to the scheme is a series of landscape improvements, chiefly a new ramp access route from Sawmillfield Street up to the canal towpath and Glue Factory beyond.
In their design statement Stallan-Brand said: “The proposal is more than simply a student residential development. The project considers the whole environment of the area and plans to contribute positively. With the adjacent Glue Factory, a new towpath cafe, student social spaces and workshops Phase 1 will offer a vibrant and activated context.”
Subsequent phasing will be more tenemental in form with the final aspiration being to create an appropriate urban frontage to Garscube Road
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