Architecture

St James Road Student Accommodation

Glasgow

Located to the North-East of Glasgow City Centre, St James Road sits at a node point between the predominantly residential Townhead area and the central business and educational districts of Glasgow City Centre and the Merchant City. The site is situated on the edge of the Strathclyde University campus and is adjacent to the universities library building. The scheme will accommodate 416 student residents in the upper levels, whilst at ground floor level, large communal amenity areas offer high quality spaces, equipped with a comprehensive range of out-of-hours vending facilities together with a coffee shop area to encourage both socialising and academic discourse.  There will also be space for art and cultural exhibitions, performance and meetings, a gymnasium and a laundrette.

The proposal provides a strong urban edge to St James Road, with visual marker elements on each gable as seen upon approach either from the east or through the university campus. The layout of the building is formed of two interconnecting ‘L‘ shaped blocks, containing a mix of single occupancy studio accommodation and ‘cluster’ flats with communal kitchen and living spaces. To create a sense of arrival, the entrance was located off St. James Road through an external semi-private courtyard.

The primary external material is proposed as a red brick which will reflect the immediate context along St. James Road (the key University buildings along the street are finished in red brick). This will be contrasted against a zinc cladding which will be used as infill within the brick grid.