PROPOSALS for new purpose-built student accommodation on Glasgow’s St George’s Road have obtained ‘minded-to-grant’ approval from the local authority.
Unusually, the submission by developer Alumno was so well received it was granted permission by delegated decision without the need for planning committee consultation.
Works are due to begin next year, with Alumno planning to welcome students to the residence for the start of the 2026 academic year.
Designed by Carson & Partners in collaboration with Stallan Brand, the six-storey building will comprise a range of high-quality single ensuite bedrooms, with shared kitchens, and self-sufficient studios, accommodating 262 students in total.
There will also be a number of accessible rooms for those with additional needs. Communal spaces will be provided, including a private dining room, lounge and common study space on the fifth floor.
The development will also restore a commercial unit to the current vacant site which was formerly occupied by a car showroom and garage.
Meanwhile, external landscaping will enhance the surrounding area for residents and the local community.
A key factor in successfully securing planning permission was Alumno’s careful consideration of the Glasgow City Development Plan’s recommendations, particularly with respect to placemaking and sustainability.
Initial plans include commissioning work by local artists and poets based on Glasgow’s art history to enhance the entrance and courtyard, both of which will be visible from the street. The new building is also aiming for a high sustainability ranking.
Architecturally, 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 help to breathe life back into the area.
“We are delighted to have gained planning permission for this important development – our second in the city – which will provide much-needed high-quality accommodation for Glasgow students,” said Alumno managing director David Campbell.
“Our overarching intention is to respect the diverse community of Woodlands and St George’s Cross, while reconnecting and repairing the missing corner of St George’s Road, reinforcing the character of the area, and re-introducing a commercial space at street level.”