Former Strathclyde University offices to be turned into student accommodation
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April 29 2015Alexander Turnbull Building, transforming it from office space to student accommodation in the process.
Located on Glasgow’s George Street within Strathclyde University’s city centre campus the scheme will necessitate removal of the existing roof and chimneys to carve out 83 en-suite studio bedrooms, gym, TV room and study.
This will see a profiled metal panel extension inserted at roof level whilst the ground floor area is activated with a shopfront and hardwood timber screens and doors.
In their design statement the architects noted: “Due to compromised internal space planning, the poor condition of existing roof and to maximise the usable space, the decision was made to remove the roof structure and replace it with a modern lightweight roof extension.
“By continuing the pilasters from levels 4 to 6 and the rhythm of the structural bays a roofscape was created by introducing ‘dormer’ frames. This provides a positive attitude to the roof which reflects the proportions of the existing bays. Using a dark grey frame and panels within the roof extension and windows to existing façade provides a unity between new and old elements creating the effect of a layer behind the existing façade.
“By increasing the glazed area adjacent to the entrance this activates the street frontage and provided a visual link between reception and amenity space and the street. Hardwood timber doors provide secondary access and escapes and provide an insight into the buildings previous use as a warehouse.”
The scheme follows the recent completion of the university's technology and innovation centre.
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