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July 28 2021

West end school to be repurposed as student accommodation

A vacant school in Glasgow's West End is to begin a second lease of life as gated student accommodation with developer Urban Pulse set to begin work on the conversion this December.

A sympathetic approach is being taken  to the former Woodside Public School with the red sandstone facades, boundary wall and cast-iron railings all carefully restored to their former glory. Internally the atrium and stairs will be retained with adjustments made to balustrades in a concession to contemporary health & safety standards. Former classrooms will be remodelled to provide 67 self-contained loft-style apartments with mezzanine spaces taking advantage of vertical space.

Led by design consultancy Zuzu and IDP architects the refurbishment promises to retain historic character while improving energy performance and introducing smart technologies and modern furnishings.

James Patterson, managing director at Urban Pulse, commented: “This is a unique opportunity in which a company located within yards of the subject site has an opportunity to transform it into a bold and innovative student apartment development. We are excited with the prospect of breathing a new lease of life into a tired and dilapidated landmark property whilst retaining its heritage by way of its educational use. It’s an important piece of Glasgow’s history, standing 125 years. Through this restoration, its legacy will live on for much longer.”

Completion is expected by September 2023 with the Stand Comedy Club, located in the school basement, unaffected by the changes.

Approved plans will see the current roof taken down and replaced by a two-storey mansard extension
Approved plans will see the current roof taken down and replaced by a two-storey mansard extension
The school was latterly in use as office accommodation having been discontinued as a school back in 1999
The school was latterly in use as office accommodation having been discontinued as a school back in 1999

Unilofts has a development value of £14m
Unilofts has a development value of £14m

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