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100 more student flats headed for Glasgow’s west end

January 16 2017

100 more student flats headed for Glasgow’s west end
Glasgow’s student housing sector remains in rude health with the submission of plans for 100 studio apartments on the site of a former playground at Kelvinhaugh Primary, Gilbert Street, by Ryder.

The resulting brick building will turn the corner to Teviot Street with landscaped amenity space over a no build area over the Kelvinhaugh railway tunnel.

In their design statement the architects noted: “The ground floor plinth acknowledges the adjacent primary building and is defined by a solid brick base. The ground floor at this level responds to the streetscape through enlarged bay openings reflecting the differing window cill heights.

“The main body of the façade is defined by recessed brickwork which have an assymetrical relationship to the windows.”

“The fourth storey is set directly above the cornice datum of the former Kelvinhaugh primary.”

Prepared on behalf of Blocwork the scheme will complement a recent consent for a 607-bedroom project at Kelvinhaugh Street as part of a slow reinstatement of the area’s urban fabric.
Kelvinhaugh Apartments could rise next to a similar block at 33 Gilbert Street
Kelvinhaugh Apartments could rise next to a similar block at 33 Gilbert Street
The presence of railway tunnels places limits on developable land in the area
The presence of railway tunnels places limits on developable land in the area


#1 Posted by Cadmonkey on 16 Jan 2017 at 13:06 PM
I think it is great to see projects like this which deliver sustainable new uses for rather clumsy 1950's office blocks.
Nick Ronan
#2 Posted by Nick Ronan on 16 Jan 2017 at 14:38 PM
This is the 27th purpose built student accommodation project in the West End. We now have 7,104 bedsits competed or consented. Where is the land supply for affordable housing?
A. Devlin
#3 Posted by A. Devlin on 16 Jan 2017 at 15:36 PM
Enough student flats in yorkhill.. I can no longer let my child out to play.. I cant get a full night sleep because of the noise of student shouting at 3 am every night.. The constant noise from the building of these flats.. For over 10 years the residents ( those of us that actually live here full time) have been in the middle of a building site.. The constant noise is to much.. Is it a plan of the council to push tenants out and turn yorkhill into a massive student complex?. There are residents who having lived here for years who are in desperate need of bigger homes. How about building houses for them... How about you look at the damage that is being done to a once thriving community. How about taking into consideration the need of the actual residents,..
#4 Posted by Philip on 16 Jan 2017 at 17:02 PM
I get the 3am objection and issues regarding community but why can't you let your child out to play?...because of Students?
#5 Posted by Sman on 16 Jan 2017 at 23:14 PM
This is gentrification, no, no, no. Make some green space instead. Absolutely shocking, affordable housing is needed
Andrew Ryan
#6 Posted by Andrew Ryan on 17 Jan 2017 at 08:44 AM
As unimaginative as it might be, and as painfully average as the building is, it's not gentrification.

#7 Posted by Devilsinthedetail on 18 Jan 2017 at 19:20 PM
In this day and age renders of that quality are unacceptable.
#8 Posted by HELEN CUSKER on 22 Jan 2017 at 01:00 AM
So the residents of Gilbert St will no longer have views of the Govan, the docks etc all because of more student flats.the whole west end is turning into a student ghetto filling any spare space with these buildings..What about the building houses for families who want to stay in the area
#9 Posted by David on 16 Aug 2017 at 16:10 PM
The lifeblood is being sucked out of the community as the area becomes saturated with student accommodation. In February "westenders" were invited to a workshop event in Partick Burgh Hall in relation to a £9m improvement scheme for Byres Road. Over 200 people turned but I couldn`t see one single student in their midst. They are here for the short term with no interest in the area beyond the completion of their studies.

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