Alumno are pleased to be working again with the architects Carson & Partners, who are themselves Glasgow based. It has been very much highlighted in the news that there is a lack of Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in Glasgow. Students were even handing out flyers to warn prospective students at open days to avoid studying in Glasgow because of this problem.
Hopefully Alumnos` new proposed scheme at the corner of St George Street and Grant Street can help to ease this problem and free up other housing for families.
The site is on the edge of and within Woodside Conservation area. Carson & Partners will therefore be using traditional masonry, quality fenestration and keeping the building to an appropriate scale. The site is currently clear the previous premises, which were used as a car showroom having been demolished
It is proposed that a new PBSA should be built on the site with a lively ground floor layout using a shopfront style. Students will have the use of a ground floor common room, as well as a 6th floor private dining, study and lounge spaces which overlook the city of Glasgow. To the rear of the development will be two distinct courtyard spaces, one hard landscaped terrace, as well as a more private and relaxed soft landscaped garden. Within the 6 storey building will be 262 rooms, made up of 4 and 5 room cluster flats, as well as a selection of studio rooms.
It is hoped the influx of students will be welcomed as a financial and social benefit to the community. This is the 8th PBSA scheme Alumno have worked with Carson & Partners, the first 7 schemes have genuinely enhanced the locality they have been built in, this scheme is expected to be no different to those successful placemaking projects.
Following a series of pre-application meetings and public consultation events, the planning application was submitted in June 2023.