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Oberlanders submit Towhead student flats scheme for planning

May 18 2015

Oberlanders submit Towhead student flats scheme for planning
Balfour Beatty and Oberlanders Architects have submitted plans for a mixed use development comprising retail and student accommodation on Kennedy Street, Glasgow.

Situated in Townhead, a light industrial area to the north of the city centre, the site is earmarked for 525 bedspaces arranged around a landscaped courtyard.

In their design statement Oberlanders noted: “The proposed development form sees a four storey streetscape along the majority of Kennedy Street. A strong linear retail frontage sits beneath three storeys of residential accommodation. An elevated end-stop defines the courtyard entrance.

“Along North Wallace Street, building heights drop to a two storey ‘mews scale’ reinforcing the hierarchy of street and side street. To the rear, development remains within six storeys.

“Stepping down to four storeys brings sunlight from the south, with the further step down to two storeys to the west drawing the lower lying evening sun through the long courtyard towards the common areas and external terraces.”

Finalised colour schemes and brick specifications have yet to be decided upon.
A colourful internal courtyard intended to evoke the ‘colour, heat and radiance’ of a foundry which once occupied the sit
A colourful internal courtyard intended to evoke the ‘colour, heat and radiance’ of a foundry which once occupied the sit
The scheme is finished in a palette of brick, render and timber with metalwork detailing
The scheme is finished in a palette of brick, render and timber with metalwork detailing


The Bairn
#1 Posted by The Bairn on 18 May 2015 at 12:45 PM
Another bland scheme from Oberlanders. Can these guys design without 90 degree corners and the 'old hat' corner window? Methinks not!! Courtyard depressing.
Overpowering, boring and tired.
I will leave further critique to Big Chantelle.
#2 Posted by modernish on 19 May 2015 at 08:55 AM
"Finalised colour schemes and brick specification have yet to be decided upon", thank heavens! If you are going for a 1980's former industrial site in the Netherlands aesthetic then really go for it, ditch the 'jolly' render and do it all in brick.
#3 Posted by james on 19 May 2015 at 09:43 AM
If we were looking at a prison here, it could be argued that a justifiable criticism could be made against these proposals as being too 'austere', or even 'inhuman'. And, if i am to take a different viewpoint much further, i dont think i'd be too controversial in asking, why are students considered as untermensch? So, when i square this proposal with the work of Richard MacCormac, in terms of student accommodation, it really is shocking to stand back and see how 'low' a neo-liberal economic agenda has taken us. This is shocking, really. And we the architects just implement it. - just follow orders. - Well hacked off and disgusted, Tunbridge Wells.
#4 Posted by David on 19 May 2015 at 11:53 AM
A game of two halves clearly here. Outside looks great (albeit as ever reliant on quality of brickwork).

But why play the obvious (and sensible) brickwork card on the outside only to go all render horendour on the inside? Ugly at best, I can imagine what it will look like after 10 years of fine Scottish weather.
James Tallent
#5 Posted by James Tallent on 19 May 2015 at 12:02 PM
"Intended to evoke 'the colour, heat and intensity' of a foundry." Surely this is a joke?

Apart from the humour, as said above, this looks like a prison.
Beautiful buildings
#6 Posted by Beautiful buildings on 21 May 2015 at 09:43 AM
How will it look in 10 years time? Just look at the student accommodation building across the road.
Buff bricks look fine. The render has weathered terribly.Does anybody know of a good looking render building in the West of Scotland more than 5 years old? I don't think so!
boaby wan
#7 Posted by boaby wan on 21 May 2015 at 11:15 AM
@beautiful buildings - most of the west coast/island harbours?
problem is the context, the detailing and product choice not render per se - the timber is probably going to be the least attractive thing in 10 years time!
#8 Posted by Paintedwagon on 21 May 2015 at 12:34 PM
Having been involved in buildings for over 30 years I have seen every fad that architects have been through. The disasters of render in the 1980's the stone & cast stone of the 1990's and the timber finishes of the last 10 years. There is no doubt that a quality clay brick has the longest life span when you consider the appearance of the building. I would disagree with baby wan in that I think it only takes 2 to 3 years for a timber clad building to lose its appearance.
#9 Posted by Seenitallbefore on 21 May 2015 at 15:44 PM
To be fair to the architect the main brief from the contractor will be to design a buildings that is "value engineered" Aka cheap!

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