The proposal for the Speirs Locks Student Campus masterplan by Stallan-Brand seeks to integrate existing structures of merit and to introduce new public spaces around them. The retention of an old glue factory as a gallery and historic walls capture the site’s industrial past. The retention of an existing ornate brick wall, once the ground floor of the City Council Cleansing Department, is used to define a new public space, creating a unique arrival and provide the adjacent studio spaces with an appropriate external display space. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Think striking towers that enrich an iconic city skyline, inspiring student places, spaces and studios that look out onto a landscaped campus courtyard and the surrounding streets, and a new café/bar over three floors connecting students with the main pedestrian towpath. All of which is designed to bring new life, energy and interest to what is fast emerging as one of Glasgow’s most exciting new arts and creative quarters. The creation of these new studio spaces which can be let to individuals or groups in the creative industries is a key part of breathing new life into the area
The site is within easy walking distance of the city centre, along with many Further and Higher Education providers including University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow, New Glasgow College, The Royal Conservatoire, The Glasgow School of Art and Stow College.
With direct access to the Forth and Clyde Canal towpath and the expansive grassed area adjacent to Woodside community and school, an essential part of the development will be ensuring that pedestrian connections to and from the city center are attractive. The tower element of the first phase is to be clad in Corten steel and will in itself act as new point of reference for the location.