Alumno seeks approval for new six-storey PBSA in Glasgow

Alumno seeks approval for new six-storey PBSA in Glasgow

Student accommodation specialist Alumno has submitted plans to Glasgow City Council to build Woodlands House, a six-storey property designed to alleviate the city’s student housing shortage.

Situated in the Woodlands district on St George’s Road, the proposed development will house 262 students, offering single ensuite bedrooms with communal kitchens and independent studio rooms. The building will feature amenities like a private dining room, lounge, communal study space on the fifth floor, and ground floor laundry facilities. Accessibility is key in the design, with a number of rooms catering to those with extra requirements.

David Campbell, managing director at Alumno, said: “In providing much needed high-quality accommodation for Glasgow students, our overarching intention is to respect the diverse community of Woodlands and St Georges Cross and reconnect and repair the missing corner of St George’s Road, while reinforcing the character of the area and re-introducing the frontages at street level.”

The planned development, to be designed by Carson & Partners, will conform to the Glasgow City Development Plan’s guidelines, with a focus on placemaking and sustainability. The developers have pledged to ensure that the scale, design, and landscaping of the development will not disrupt the surrounding Woodlands Conservation Area, a historic locality that the council is keen to preserve and enhance, pbsanews reports.

Iain Carson, Carson & Partners, said: “The plan, elevation and massing treatments follow a rational approach, in response to existing datums, materiality, proportion and local architectural characteristics.

“The extruded celebration of the corner incorporating a roof top communal living room and articulation of the facade along Grant Street are both familiar local west end terrace features.

“At ground level a transparent dual aspect reception will physically and visually connect one of two landscaped courtyards to the street while its adjoining retail space will once again help to reanimate and reinstate vibrancy to this significant part of St Georges Road.”

Adding to the aesthetic appeal of the district, Alumno plans to commission new artwork from local artists, poets, and designers for the development’s entrance and proposed courtyard, reflecting Glasgow’s rich art history.

The Woodlands House development aims to achieve a BREEAM standard ‘excellent’ rating. Alumno and Carson & Partners previously worked together on the Hyndland House project in Glasgow.

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