Student block plan

Qdos aims to help repair damage of slum-cleared Glasgow

Qdos: plans will help revitalise the area

Plans have been revealed for a new-style student block as part of wider moves to ‘repair the damage’ caused by slum clearances in Glasgow.

A new student block accommodating more than 600 students above a 28,000 sqft ground floor is being seen as a ‘first step’ in a revitalisation of the Cowcaddens district which was redeveloped in the 1960s.

Designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, the Qdos development is proposed for the corner of Port Dundas Rd and Milton Rd to the north of the city centre. It is described as “a terraced house in the sky” with a gym, laundry and cycle storage.

Lyle Chrystie, Reiach & Hall managing director, said: “We propose a new building of stature. Our team has looked beyond the current fashion for wilful shape making and random pattern. We want the new building to make a place of enduring quality, based on an understanding of the rich Glasgow tradition of city grids, reinforced by rigorous building designs.

“This part of the city, which was almost entirely re-developed in the slum clearances of the 1960s, together with the closure and redevelopment of the Buchanan Street Railway Station in 1966 has struggled to recover from these dramatic interventions.

“Our proposals have been framed to begin the process of repairing this historic damage. We hope this building can be among the first steps in a continuing revitalisation of the Cowcaddens district”.

Mark Bailey, director at applicant Manor Property Group Development, said: “Qdos Student Homes have taken many years to develop. We have looked at what others are offering versus what the student wants and combined this with the latest technology to deliver a truly inspiring way of living and studying.”

US investor in Scots market

US investor Investec Structured Property Finance is funding CA Ventures’ first UK student accommodation development with a £64 million loan.

The financing, Investec’s largest PBSA loan to date, will enable the investor to fund the development of 422 PBSA beds next to Strathclyde University; 216 near Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh University.

The three developments are due for completion by the start of the 2020/2021 academic year.

Springfield expands

Housebuilder Springfield Properties has announced its first land acquisition in Inverness.

Easterfield Farm is a 14-acre development that will provide 90 homes.

Springfield is considering plans for about 3,000 homes across a number of developments in and around Inverness and in Highland towns and villages, including Ardersier, Drumnadrochit, Dornoch and Beauly.

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