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536-room Glasgow student housing complex ready for summer intake

August 9 2017

536-room Glasgow student housing complex ready for summer intake
Balfour Beatty and Oberlanders Architects have handed over the keys to a £32m student housing development on Glasgow’s Kennedy Street ready for occupation by its first intake of students.

Foundry Courtyard offers 536 en-suite bedrooms within spitting distance of Strathclyde University, City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Caledonian University and includes a range of facilities such as a cinema, gym and games area to attract tenants.

Jane Crouch, managing director of Fresh Student Living, commented: “We are delighted to be managing Foundry Courtyard on behalf of Balfour Beatty, offering an excellent range of en-suite accommodation from shared flats to penthouse studios with great views. Along with the amazing interior designs we will be adding the personal touches with our friendly and knowledgeable staff to make every student feel at home from the minute we open our doors this August.”

Operated by Fresh Student Living the complex includes a mix of flats and mews houses arranged around a communal courtyard.
Finished in brick the flats include areas of metal detailing
Finished in brick the flats include areas of metal detailing
The development takes its name from a former foundry which once occupied the site
The development takes its name from a former foundry which once occupied the site


#1 Posted by Sue on 9 Aug 2017 at 13:38 PM
I'm not feeling the love for this one.
Even by Glasgow's low standards this looks bottom shelve
#2 Posted by yikes on 9 Aug 2017 at 14:09 PM
Those windows are MEAN.
The Bairn
#3 Posted by The Bairn on 9 Aug 2017 at 14:14 PM
I hope that the 'amazing interior designs' compensate for the dismal external facades.
The fenestration must be aimed at stopping people gaining unlawful entry...or perhaps trying to keep students in!!
Modern exemplar for new prison design.
#4 Posted by Beancounter on 9 Aug 2017 at 14:38 PM
I'm assuming this is a specialist student residences for those studying Accountancy or Surveying.
#5 Posted by Alf on 9 Aug 2017 at 16:01 PM
Erm, #4 I think you specifically mean Quantity Surveying. Don't drag the rest of us into this!
#6 Posted by Daniel on 9 Aug 2017 at 16:43 PM
'Natural light? Where we're going we don't need natural light!'
Mo Flo Bro
#7 Posted by Mo Flo Bro on 9 Aug 2017 at 17:33 PM
It reminds me of the Sauchiehall Centre car park. This actually looks worse than it did on paper. I didn't appreciate the shear misery of it. Can't they afford windows?
#8 Posted by Yaldy on 9 Aug 2017 at 17:44 PM

'Safe space' accommodation, innit?
#9 Posted by Billy on 10 Aug 2017 at 01:36 AM
Grim. Agree with #7. Hate the Sauchiehall st Centre too. Why anyone would want to rent in what looks like a prison is beyond me.
#10 Posted by Joe on 10 Aug 2017 at 08:52 AM
If all else fails they can convert it to a chocolate biscuit factory quite easily.
Neil C
#11 Posted by Neil C on 10 Aug 2017 at 11:33 AM
It's got presence and solidity, but it baffles me why architects incorporate such miserable little windows into these student buildings. Is daylight unfashionable at the moment?
#12 Posted by Rupert on 10 Aug 2017 at 13:38 PM
Maybe little windows/less light make for easier hangovers?
#13 Posted by QMD on 10 Aug 2017 at 13:50 PM
small window >> lower cost? Just guessing here.
I bet the architect doesn't bother much about the livability.
Malky tucker
#14 Posted by Malky tucker on 10 Aug 2017 at 13:56 PM
HMP Kennedy Street
Walt Disney
#15 Posted by Walt Disney on 10 Aug 2017 at 14:04 PM
Jings....only just seen this. Obviously taking design cues from the dearly departed Granary building at Whiteinch. Might be better in the internal spaces (we can live in hope).
#16 Posted by StyleCouncil on 10 Aug 2017 at 16:05 PM
Fresh Student Living....? There is nothing particularly fresh about students, myself included, 15 years ago.
Architecturally, the is certainly nowt fresh about the approach either, albeit Oberlanders are certainly creating a niche in badly proportioned facades. Perhaps they printed off the drawings and window schedule at the wrong scale?
M Thather
#17 Posted by M Thather on 10 Aug 2017 at 16:36 PM
i would imagine Oberlanders would have been told to "value manage" any joy or nicety out of the project by their contractor client Balfour Beastly
#18 Posted by SAndals on 11 Aug 2017 at 09:44 AM
Wasted opportunity to be innovative and fresh with a zero window solution. How cool would that be!
I suppose the saving wasn't enough...
#19 Posted by Inahuf on 18 Aug 2017 at 08:56 AM
Contrast to Oberlanders student scheme off the Royal Mile is stark - was it the planners and/or the client that failed to demand the same standards from the designers, or did Oberlanders just not bother??? Shame on you all.

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