Office migration accelerates Blythswood housing shift
April 7 2021
IQ Student Accommodation with Cooper Cromar has authored plans to replace 1970's office accommodation at 225 Bath Street, Glasgow, after ruling out adaptation owing to inefficient floor plates and a structural grid.
Responding to a general migration of office tenants south to the Broomielaw the work will see the current building demolished and replaced with a stepped new build structure, increasing in proportions from east to west in the form of four visually distinct blocks.
This would provide circa 560 bedrooms stacked above continuous amenity space housed within a ground floor plinth along Bath Street and the full lengths of Holland and Pitt Street's, wrapping onto Bath Lane to the rear.
Explaining the agreed design approach the architects wrote: "Considering the topography, sensitivity to the Adelaide Church to the east and the presence of taller buildings to the M8 to the west, there is a contextual logic for a stepping increase in height from east to west.
"Glasgow City Council have agreed with a simple, rational aesthetic to the facades that has a restrained palette of materials and a vertical emphasis and rhythm. Variety within the four distinct blocks is restrained but defined in subtle differences in material and building line. The provision of some depth to the façade is important to the success of this restrained approach."
Finished in a 'restrained' selection of two different types of brick with complementary bronze metalwork, including double-height framed 'portals' defining points of access set within large format sandstone (or reconstituted sandstone) cladding.