Foundry Courtyard, Student Accommodation, Glasgow
The Foundry Courtyard is the first student housing development fully funded and constructed by a long established and respected global contractor client. Located on the site of a once famous cast-iron foundry, accommodation is focussed around a central landscaped, urban courtyard. The student’s daily experience is thereby focussed on a brief passage through a secure, tranquil space that counterpoints the bustle of the city beyond. The built form creates a traditional urban streetscape in a currently disparate and fragmented location. The design strategy was welcomed by Glasgow Planners as a positive step in the transition from industrial to residential neighbourhood.
A broad and varied portfolio of accommodation has been created providing 536 bed-spaces from studios to 3,4,5 and 6 bed cluster flats, all supported by on-site gym, laundry, cinema room, social lounges, games and gaming areas, study spaces, reception and management suite. Externally, an urban gym, trim trail and MUGA with basketball hoop have been integrated into a tight and compact environment, creating a lively and genuinely animated sense of Place. Completion and Handover were timed to meet the 2017/18 academic year.