CALA submits housing plans for historic Jordanhill university site



Cala - Jordanhill 3Housebuilder CALA has unveiled detailed plans for a residential-led development on the site of the University of Strathclyde’s former Jordanhill Campus in Glasgow.

A Matters Specified in Conditions planning application, lodged today with Glasgow City Council, includes plans for more than 400 new homes.

The 31-acre site was put up for sale in 2015 after Planning Permission in Principle was obtained by the University of Strathclyde for a residential developer.

Central to the proposals is the retention of the university’s Category B-listed David Stow building, which will be refurbished to a high standard to offer luxury apartments. Two other buildings, Graham House and Douglas House, which don’t have listed status, are also to be conserved and converted under the plans.

Cala - Jordanhill 2The plans will enhance the existing landscape and create new public access to parkland located within the site. More than 40% of the proposed development will be retained as greenspace. Playing fields and acres of ancient woodland located on the site will be protected with designated play areas of various styles proposed within the site.

More than 400 homes will be available at the development, which will offer a diverse range of bespoke, high quality properties from one bedroom flats to large, detached family homes.

The new buildings that will be created by the development have been sympathetically designed and will be constructed in high quality natural materials which will complement the existing buildings and landscape.

The development’s streets and spaces have been designed around people rather than vehicles, and will give open access and views to the parkland setting and historic buildings.

Cala - Jordanhill 4Jim McIntyre, managing director of CALA Homes (West), said the plans will conserve the site’s significant landscape and heritage features.

He said: “We’re very excited about our plans for the former Jordanhill Campus, where we are seeking to create a wide range of much needed high quality homes.

“The plans offer an opportunity to build on the legacy of Jordanhill Campus and deliver a new community asset for local residents. The proposals will enhance the site by protecting the green space available, improving the existing historic parkland and removing unsightly and derelict buildings.

“Having such a wide range of homes will also deliver a real benefit and will help meet the growing demand for high quality housing within the city. People who live in Jordanhill, but require to downsize or upsize to a new home and don’t want to move away from the local community will in future be able to remain in the area, close to their neighbours, family and friends.”

Cala - Jordanhill 1The residential development proposed for the site has been designed by 7N Architects.

Ewan Anderson, managing partner at 7N, said: “It has been an extremely rewarding process for us to develop the design of the proposed development at Jordanhill with CALA.

“The landscape is what makes the site special and is at the heart of our plans. The streets and spaces have been designed so they engage with the parkland setting and provide a safe place to walk, cycle and play whilst maximising the extraordinary views available from the site.

“Also central to our plans are the existing historic buildings. These will be sensitively restored and converted to preserve the significant character of the site and deliver an exemplary residential development that the city can be proud of.”