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Alumno seeks planning for Glasgow student residence

 Alumno has applied to Glasgow City Council for permission to build a new development on St George’s Road in the Woodlands district. The proposal will provide much needed high-quality PSBA in a city that has the third largest student population in the UK. Glasgow’s five universities host over 76,000 students, almost half of which are living principally in private rented accommodation putting pressure on local housing.

The proposed six-storey building will accommodate 262 students, comprising a range of high-quality single ensuite bedrooms with shared kitchens, and self-sufficient studio rooms. The development will also include a level of accessible rooms for those with additional needs. To create an ideal environment for both socialising and work, communal spaces will be provided, including a private dining room, lounge and common study space on the fifth floor.

An entrance and reception area will be located on the ground floor, along with laundry facilities. The development will also restore commercial units to the current vacant site, providing opportunities to local businesses. Meanwhile, external landscaping will enhance the surrounding area for residents and the local community.

The development will be designed by Carson & Partners, who have partnered Alumno on several PBSA projects across the country, including Hyndland House in Glasgow. On preparing the application, Alumno has carefully considered the Glasgow City Development Plan’s recommendations, particularly with respect to placemaking and sustainability.

The site is located on the edge of the Woodlands Conservation Area, a historic environment that the council aims to protect, preserve, conserve or enhance. Alumno’s proposal takes this into account, pledging to ensure the scale, design and landscaping of the proposed development will minimise any adverse impact, while enhancing the streetscape.

Meanwhile, placemaking is a key driver of all Alumno’s projects, which have provided workspaces for graduates and local startups, created new public art spaces and restored historic buildings, ensuring they benefit the local community. With a leading reputation for commissioning new artwork by local artists, poets and designers for its developments, Alumno’s initial thinking is to position works at the entrance and in the proposed courtyard based around Glasgow’s art history, both of which are visible from the street. In terms of the new building’s sustainability, the aim is to achieve BREEAM standard Excellent.

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