Six-storey student accommodation block in Yorkhill is latest proposed for West End

By Ellen Thomson at

An application has been submitted for more student accommodation in the Yorkhill area.

The site of the proposed block is on Sandyford Street where it meets the western end of Kelvinhaugh Street.

The applicant is listed as Alex Short a director of Nursery Rhymes Nurseries Ltd.

Student accommodation Yorkhill

Location: the site is near to other student halls and a 15-minute walk from Glasgow University. Young and Gault Architects.

A design statement with the plans says the proposals follow talks with Glasgow University.

Discussions identified the need for “affordable bespoke residences within close proximity to the University Campus”.

The statement says: “The location of the site is within an area that has seen significant changes over the past twenty years.

“The Kelvinhaugh area has changed from a declining industrial/business area to an emerging residential area.

“In particular Kelvinhaugh Street and Sandyford Street are the location of several large student accommodation facilities.”

Drawings submitted with the plans show a building over six floors, constructed from red brick.


Grounds would be landscaped and planted with shrubs and vegetation to encourage wildlife, says the statement.

It continues: “The scale and massing of the proposals are designed to provide a stepped and interesting roofscape and maximise openness of the façade both for maximising natural light, solar heat and views.

“The main component of the building is a quality red brick which will introduce some warmth of colour to this lower part of the site …

“An emphasis on high quality durable materials is maintained throughout the design to further enhance the design.”

It adds: “The proposed development site is adjacent to the Glasgow University Maclay Residences, and is ideally located within a 15 minute walk of the Glasgow University Campus.

Elsewhere, the plans point out a public right of way across an open space area of the site, which will be retained.


Agents for the applicant say the plans will not affect fire engines using the nearby station on Kelvinhaugh Street.

The site is close to the popular SWG3 music and arts venue on Eastvale Place.

The boom in recent years in student accommodation has concerned some West End communities.

Local residents complain that the proliferation of halls threatens to swamp parts of the city.

Glasgow City Council last year tightened up its rules to curb excessive provision.