According to Glasgow City Council, there is currently under-provision of purpose-built student accommodation in our city. As the tertiary education sector is expanding and is considered to be an important employer here, many construction projects to meet this supposed demand have recently been approved. Here in Woodside there are at present no student hostels – but that is about to change!
At the site of the Pewter Pot pub (as shown above) in North Woodside Road, demolition has at last taken place as developers Andrew Carnegie Properties move to build the six storey student hostel which was controversially approved by planners in December 2011. The £5 million project will provide 91 rooms, many for dual occupancy, and is scheduled for completion in September 2016.
In addition site clearance has begun in Farnell Street beside the canal for the construction of the first phase of the large student accommodation complex to be funded by Speirs Wharf Developments Ltd. This project for 230 rooms will cost £12 million and is due for completion in October 2016. A second phase proposed for derelict land in neighbouring Burns Street for around 300 rooms costing £15 million is currently under consideration by planners.
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