Work of art: disused building converted into student halls

CMS Window Systems has helped deliver much-needed accommodation for Glasgow School of Art (GSA) students.

The project has transformed a disused city centre office building and solved the problem of limited site availability for new-build developments.

Developer Cityheart Ltd has breathed new life into the  eight-storey Blythswood House. Designed by Cooper Cromar, the refurbishment project has given rise to new student residences and is just a short walk from GSA’s main campus.

Blythswood House

The building features 218 rooms over six floors. There are also self-contained apartments at ground floor and roof level for the building’s warden and visiting lecturers and tutors. Studios, workshops, exhibition space, a cinema and a gym are also included.

Working with main contractor Graham Construction, CMS Window Systems designed, manufactured and installed “high performance, contemporary style aluminium windows” for the building’s external envelope.

Using the Metal Technology 4-20 thermally broken system, CMS supplied over 500 windows and installed the bespoke panels which feature as part of the external envelope refurbishment solution.