Project Summary

Sector: Education, Higher Education, Student Accommodation

Project profile: Design, Refurbishment and Finance. The former office space at Blythswood House was converted to provide 218 student bedrooms, various common rooms as well as office space for the Glasgow School of Art.

Customer: Glasgow School of Art

Value: £16 million

Stage: Completed August 2015

Location: Glasgow’s West Regent Street, Scotland

Professional Team

Funder: London & Scottish Investments

Tenant: Glasgow School of Art

Legal Advisor: Brodies LLP

Architect: Cooper Cromar

Contractor: Graham Construction

Employers Agent: Thomas & Adamson


Structural: Curtins

Planning Consultant: Cooper Cromar

Project Description

Cityheart have completed this student accommodation project which transforms Blythswood House on Glasgow’s West Regent Street. The project presented an interesting construction challenge to retain an existing building frame and shell, and transform the structure into state-of-the-art student accommodation.

The development saw the former office space at Blythswood House converted to provide 218 bedrooms, various common rooms as well as office space for the Glasgow School of Art.

Located just 5 minutes’ walk from Glasgow School of Art’s main campus, the spacious halls were constructed in a contemporary manor, purpose-built for its students. The internal space is split across six floors, allowing a maximum of 216 residents, with a selection of accommodation to include flats for up to 8, along with 1 or 2 bedroom suites and double rooms. Common rooms make up the living accommodation.

The upgraded building also houses a centralised laundry, reception area, administrative space and a storage room for bicycles. Self-contained apartments for senior wardens are also included.


A spokesperson for The Glasgow School of Art (‘GSA’) said: “The GSA is committed to offering access to high-quality, affordable accommodation for its students. This new development includes a wide range of facilities both in the study-bedrooms and in the communal areas that set a benchmark in student accommodation. The development also benefits from its proximity to both The Glasgow School of Art and the many amenities in Glasgow city centre.”