City planners give Speirs Locks Student Campus the go-ahead

Glasgow City Council has granted planning permission for the first phase of Speirs Locks Student Campus, with work expected to start on-site as early as January 2014.

The news comes just weeks after the design proposal for the ground-breaking new campus, created by multi-award winning architects Stallan-Brand, was voted best ‘Placemaking and Master Planning’ at the Scottish Design Awards 2013.

The initial 100,000 sq ft of the campus development is the first new build project to be delivered as part of Glasgow City Council’s wider regeneration of the area. Phase one will provide 235 private student rooms – a mix of single, shared and family accommodation to meet the diverse needs of today’s student population – alongside amenities such as exhibition and studio/workspace, a canal-side café/bar and on-site pastoral care.

Proposals for the second phase will be submitted for planning during the phase one build and when approved, will add a further 336 student rooms by September 2016.

Developers Speirs Locks Developments said: “Our design aims to enhance both the student experience itself and the surrounding area as a whole, bringing new life, energy and interest to what is the now an established arts quarter for Glasgow. We can’t wait to get started.”


Published: 2013.06.27 NEWS

Speirs Locks Student Campus wins top design award

The design proposal for Speirs Locks Student Campus has been awarded best ‘Placemaking and Master Planning’ at the Scottish Design Awards 2013.

Designed by acclaimed architects Stallan-Brand on behalf of Speirs Wharf Developments, the proposal aims to enhance both the student experience and local environment as a whole, bringing new life, energy and interest to what is fast emerging as one of Glasgow’s most exciting cultural quarters.

Representatives from both Stallan-Brand and Speirs Wharf Developments were in attendance at the awards ceremony held on the evening of Thursday 30 May at Glasgow’s Radisson BLU Hotel.

Said Paul Stallan, Design Director: “We are delighted that the team have received a Scottish Design Award for both Placemaking and Master Planning for the Speirs Locks Student Campus proposal. The award, for us, celebrates for the value of design-led community consultation and engagement.

“All parties involved in the development are genuinely excited about the next stage in the project’s realisation and the contribution it will make to Glasgow’s new developing arts and education quarter.”

Published: 2013.06.04 NEWS

Student campus design unveiled by 3D video flythrough

The proposed Speirs Locks Student Campus can now be previewed in stunning 3D, thanks to a new video flythrough.

Produced by the architect and design team behind the project, Stallan-Brand, in partnership with Speirs Locks Developments, the ‘real feel’ flythrough unveils how the innovative student campus will look amidst its outstanding location just north of the city centre with direct access to the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Showcasing the development’s distinctive design features, the architectural visualisation provides a first glimpse of the marriage of old and new structures, iconic high towers and low terraces, inspiring student-centric accommodation and welcoming public spaces.

All of which is depicted within the wider context of the Speirs Wharf area itself to highlight the enhanced pedestrian connections to and from the city centre, and revitalised canal-side and towpath.

To view the 3D flythrough, click here.


Published: 2013.03.07 NEWS

New app unlocks story of Forth and Clyde Canal

The Forth and Clyde Canal’s past is to be brought into the present with the launch of a new app for smartphones.

The app will complement a series of walks and information boards being created as part of the ‘Unlocking the Story’ project led by Scottish Waterways Trust in partnership with Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council, Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, Lambhill Stables, Glasgow Sculpture Studios and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery’s ‘Your Heritage’ programme and Glasgow City Council, the £114,000 project aims to build on all the great work being done by individual cultural hubs along the Canal by connecting and cross-promoting their many different stories.

By downloading the app onto their phone, people will be able to scan QR (quick response) codes on new marker posts and existing signs along the towpath, giving them access to audio, video, photographic and text stories about the Canal – from its heyday and wider history, to its present day reinvention.

To read more about the ‘Unlocking the Story’ project, click here.


Published: 2013.03.06 NEWS

Planning application now submitted

The planning application has now been submitted for Phase One of Speirs Locks Student Campus – the first new build project to be presented as part of Glasgow City Council’s Speirs Locks Masterplan Adopted Framework.

The application follows a positive public consultation meeting on 11th October 2012 at which local residents and business neighbours alike were invited to have their say on the proposed 100,000 sq. ft. campus project that will help address the current shortfall in superior student accommodation across Glasgow.

Reflecting the ever-changing profile of the city’s students, Phase One of Speirs Locks Student Campus will deliver 235 student rooms – a mix of single and shared accommodation in cluster flats – alongside amenity provision such as exhibition and workshop space, and on-site pastoral care.

Phase Two will provide additional single accommodation, along with postgraduate and family accommodation.

Published: 2013.02.07 NEWS

Student campus proposals positively received

Plans for a new student campus at the heart of Speirs Locks have met with a positive response ahead of the formal planning application being lodged.

Developers Charter Properties and key members of the project team held a public consultation meeting on Thursday 11th October 2012 to showcase the proposals and allow the local community to have their say.

Amongst those attending were Patricia Ferguson MSP for Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn, Councillor Chris Kelly for Ward 16–Canal, and representatives of the local residents association and Community Council.

Recognition was given to the positive impact that the investment will have on the ongoing regeneration of the area, along with acknowledgement of the considerable undersupply of good quality student accommodation across Glasgow as a whole.

Thanks go to all those who took the time to attend and offer their comments.

Published: 2012.10.15 NEWS

Speirs Locks community invited to discuss student campus plans

Charter Properties, developers of the proposed Speirs Locks Student Campus, are inviting local residents, businesses and stakeholders from the area to attend a public consultation meeting to be held at 4pm at Up on the Hill, Craighall Business Park, on Thursday 11th October, 2012.

The meeting will give members of the local community the opportunity to view plans for the development and how it complements the pre-approved masterplan for the area, along with the chance to raise any questions with the project team involved prior to the planning application being submitted.

Published: 2012.09.30 NEWS

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