A new BASE opens for Glasgow students

A stone-clad student development has opened its doors in Glasgow.

Soller Real Estate’s BASE Glasgow project, designed by Mosaic Architecture + Design, was developed for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). The building is described as being ‘conceived as a rectangular urban block’ alongside the B-listed Piping Centre and A-listed Scottish Ambulance building.

The bedroom accommodation comprises a U-shaped plan. Features of the facility include study areas, common rooms, a private landscaped courtyard area, a gym, and a bike storage area.

Mosaic director Neil Haining said, “The development has been carefully designed in response to the site’s immediate context and the surrounding townscape in this part of the city and provides a new urban block with appropriate scale and quality of materials. The overall scale of the development has been carefully balanced with the B-listed Piping Centre and A-listed Scottish Ambulance Centre to the west of the site and the more recent higher residential developments to the east.

“The ground floor forms the primary access level with the primary entrance off McPhater Street. This level also supports a large percentage of the student amenity space which is focused around the entrance onto the public square. The amenity space also breaks out into the upper courtyard to ensure this external space is used as part of the everyday life of the building.”

Nick Treadaway of Soller Real Estate added, “Our BASE Glasgow development brings to the city centre 301 high specification student units and is located within three minutes of the RCS. Illustrating our desire to develop first class properties, we collaborated with the RCS to design a number of elements to accommodate some of the finest music and dramatic art students in the world. BASE is fitted with soundproof music practice facilities, a high quality gym, and a cinema room – to name a few of its features. This is the first of Soller Real Estate’s developments in Glasgow with more exciting schemes in the pipeline in both Glasgow and the wider UK.”