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August 14 2014

Yet more student housing on the cards for Partick
A spate of student housing development in Partick shows no sign of abating with the submission of plans for a further build on vacant ground whilst improving connectivity with the River Kelvin as part of the Kelvin Walkway master plan.

Designed by Manson Architects on behalf of Watkin Jones it is the second phase of an earlier development of 201 student beds, to which it will be connected by a glazed amenity space.

In their design statement Manson said: “A palette of three materials has been selected for their simplicity, durability and quality. Glass, bricks and a textured fibre cement panel. The buff coloured bricks create a robust body for the building, while the lightweight but darker tone of cladding creates a positive contrast and distinction between the two. The glazing at ground, lower ground and first floor level creates glass plinth that the building rests upon.

“The connection we are proposing to the riverside walkway builds on an existing, somewhat mean, pedestrian route. The mass and scale of the building has been designed to help emphasise this route and make people aware of its existence, thereby encouraging heavier use. We have done this by creating a taller end piece to the building - a visible signal to the public that something of importance happens here while providing something of a landmark that clearly indicates the start of our pedestrian route.”
Manson hope the scheme will mend the 'fragmented' nature of Old Dumbarton Road
Manson hope the scheme will mend the 'fragmented' nature of Old Dumbarton Road
The neighbouring Yorkhill Hospital is the subject of much speculation over prospective redevelopment
The neighbouring Yorkhill Hospital is the subject of much speculation over prospective redevelopment

The scheme plugs into the Kelvin Walkway master plan
The scheme plugs into the Kelvin Walkway master plan

5 Comments

boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 14 Aug 2014 at 12:15 PM
"we have made the end of the building taller to squeeze a few more units on the site where it gets narrower - a visible sign that we are good at feeding planners nonsense to fill our developers pockets"
Wonder what will happen during the summer in Partick, will all the shops close for a few months since most of the students will be at home…?
GCC will regret allowing the volume of student accommodation being thrown up if the suggestions in todays news come to fruition...
Sven
#2 Posted by Sven on 14 Aug 2014 at 13:20 PM
I drove through Partick and Yorkhill a few weeks back and it was a desert. Judging by the faces it the population is now students only, during the summer foreign students who cannot afford a trip home. It cannot be healthy for any area to be student only. Yes a neglected part of Partick by the Kelvin has now been built up but with cheap flats developed with maximum ROI in mind for developers and landlords. The majority of students (88% are UK, majority of them are local to Glasgow area) do not need to live away from home, so where is the demand?
Egbert
#3 Posted by Egbert on 14 Aug 2014 at 14:34 PM
Leaving aside the (reasonably valid to slightly racist) points above, I don't think this is a bad building - certainly not of its type - the massing is strong, the materiality uncomplicated and the elevations quite well articulated. It's also a visible improvement on the earlier phase adjacent. The predominance of private student housing in the UK construction scene as a whole, as well as in Partick, should be a cause for concern, however.
Shabbadoo
#4 Posted by Shabbadoo on 15 Aug 2014 at 22:27 PM
Well done to Manson architects, these things don't come easily especially on what looks like a difficult (but exciting) site.
fritz
#5 Posted by fritz on 16 Apr 2015 at 20:38 PM
Student accommodation is not generally left empty when students are not around, it's let out as cheap accommodation for tourists just like a hotel. I always check out this type of accommodation when travelling, I stay in a nice place in Dublin but have to book it two years in advance.

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