£40MILLION Student Housing Plan Gets Go-Ahead

28 November, 2023 | Student Accommodation

How the development is expected to look

GLASGOW-based Ambassador Group has been given planning permission for student apartments at a vacant city centre site.

The £40million development on the corner of Osborne Street and Old Wynd will feature 273 bed spaces plus a lounge, gymnasium and a large south-facing residents’ terrace with views towards the River Clyde.

The development, approved by city councillors today, is the first for the group’s Nova Living concept which is set to enter a new space in the market with a strong focus on “sustainable, connected living within a high-quality, thoughtful, community–focused residential environment”.

Ahsan Afzal, head of development for Nova Living, said: “We are delighted with the decision which allows us to progress our development plans for this key site.

“Glasgow’s shortage of accommodation has been well documented and, with student numbers set to increase, our plans help to address this shortfall with an exciting new scheme in a brilliant location.”

A key issue highlighted by the community during consultation about the proposal was the poor condition of Old Wynd.

Nova Living’s plans will address this by introducing ground floor activation as well as improvements to the design and quality of the wynd, creating a more attractive and safer environment for all.

Development is due to start in summer 2024, with the first student occupations anticipated from summer 2026.

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