FIRST Look At Designs For Glasgow Student Block With 34 Floors

5 December, 2023 | Student Accommodation

PLANS for a skyscraper containing housing for nearly 800 students have been submitted to Glasgow City Council for approval.

Developer Watkin Jones wants to redevelop the Portcullis House site, between India Street and Newton Street, beside the M8 at Charing Cross.

The complex would be known as The Ard and would have 784 student rooms plus ground floor commercial units.

A design document included with the application states: “The development is staggered in form, with the tallest element being 34 storeys with a lower shoulder of nine to 11 storeys relating to the shoulder of the neighbouring Scottish Power building. The building will be managed by a sole purpose-built student accommodation operator.”

Vacant land next to the site is subject of a proposal for student housing and flats

It continues: “The proposed high-quality student accommodation is in a prime urban location. It boasts excellent access to amenities and transport links, repopulating the City Centre and benefiting local businesses as part of the overall regeneration of Blythswood and the M8 corridor.

“There is huge demand in Glasgow for purpose-built student accommodation, which offers well-managed accommodation, with access to a wide range of onsite amenities.

“The high proportion of shared amenity spaces will ensure that the ground floor and roofscapes help activate the newly enhanced streetscape around the building, playing a positive role in the regeneration of this part of Blythswood.

“The double height amenity space at the top of the building…will shine like a beacon at night, delivering a new a distinctive landmark on the City skyline.”

The document also states: “A large part of the ground floor space to the north of the site, opposite Charing Cross station, will be for third party uses.

“This will include a cafe and community spaces, helping further activation at street level and improving the station setting.

“Glasgow Social Enterprise Network shall occupy a ground floor unit at a peppercorn rent. As an organisation, they work closely with the city’s universities and create the opportunity for social enterprises to connect with each other to learn, share and grow.”

Massive redevelopment plans are being drawn up for sites to the north of Portcullis House, including student accommodation, residential units, offices, and public realm space.

Meanwhile the vacant site immediately to the east is subject of plans for student accommodation and flats.

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