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Downing Developments submit plans for 510 student rooms in Partick

June 22 2015

Downing Developments submit plans for 510 student rooms in Partick
Downing Developments and Glasgow Harbour have submitted plans prepared by ADF Architects for a 510 room student housing development at Castlebank Street, Partick.

The brownfield site overlooks the River Kelvin and will be filled by a nine storey build clad predominantly in alternating terracotta panels, with dark brick and stone masonry for the base course and metal panels for upper levels.

In their design statement ADF noted: “The long facades are articulated horizontally though the design of fenestration and materials to express the elongated cranked form. The bulk of the facade is read as “thick skin” of natural material with recessed apertures & attic story clad with contrasting metallic material.

“The base and attic floors are partially expressed along the building length as, alternatively,“cut-outs” or “clip-on” elements. Visual prominence is given to the ground level entrance & communal lounge through articulation as a series of angular protruding bays.”

Gillespies have devised a landscape strategy for the site which will connect the scheme to the nearby Vita development, offering a mix of public and private amenity spaces by the River Kelvin.

A spate of student housing projects are currently underway in the vicinity; including a 701 apartment scheme currently under construction as part of the wider Beith Street masterplan.
The scheme is one of a number of blocks planned for the Kelvin, opening up access to the river
The scheme is one of a number of blocks planned for the Kelvin, opening up access to the river


#1 Posted by Roddy_ on 22 Jun 2015 at 15:20 PM
Yet another depressing addition to the already woeful efforts in the city of this particular building type.
Can anyone explain why the riverside walkway terminates at this building and does not continue under the trainline / expressway?
Bob The Builder
#2 Posted by Bob The Builder on 22 Jun 2015 at 22:55 PM
All very different from the original masterplan. This is what happens!
#3 Posted by Billy on 23 Jun 2015 at 09:23 AM
Lovely office block.
A Local Pleb
#4 Posted by A Local Pleb on 23 Jun 2015 at 13:17 PM
In the past I would have ventured that the height and massing of this is wrong, however current adjacent developments slightly undermine this arguments. That said it is somewhat disappointing there is a surge of large scale accommodation projects that are disproportionate and are not sympathetic to the urban massing of adjacent areas of Partick, Byres Rd etc.
#5 Posted by qmd on 23 Jun 2015 at 20:06 PM
will Glasgow regret building this type of architecture in near future? Just like the tower blocks that are disappearing from Glasgow skyline.
#6 Posted by David on 24 Jun 2015 at 09:01 AM
I fear that the answer to that is yes. Same mistakes being repeated over and over again. You would think the fact that the city's most prevalent residential typology, tenements, would be a bit of a clue as to how any form of new housing should be built. This purpose built, unflexible student housing will be a scar on our city in the future, if it's not already.
#7 Posted by james on 24 Jun 2015 at 10:04 AM
This is a warehouse building. Except the wares in this case are human.
There is nothing being proposed here other than profit. Nothing else.
There, that was a fairly tempered and reasonable statement.
Sue Pearman
#8 Posted by Sue Pearman on 24 Jun 2015 at 12:11 PM
There's a great thread on this on Skyscrapercity: that raises concerns about the riverside walkway amongst other things..
#9 Posted by Beautifulbuildings on 25 Jun 2015 at 12:52 PM
Terracotta rainscreen, very last year!

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