Second consultation to kick off for Collegelands Park BTR

Glasgow Enlightenment launches second round of consultations on plans for the Collegelands Park Build to Rent scheme.

Aerial view of the current Collegelands site in Glasgow | BTR News
Aerial view of the current Collegelands site in Glasgow.

Local people are being invited to have their say on the plans for the Collegelands Park Build to Rent scheme in Glasgow, Scotland. The second round of consultations being launched by Glasgow Enlightenment comes ahead of a final planning application due to be submitted in July. It follows the unveiling of the final phase of the project earlier this month.

The consultation kicks off on Thursday 30 May at Drygate Village Hall. It incorporates changes to the plans for the new £95m residential and cultural hub, based on feedback from the initial consultation process as well as unveiling new aspects.

The developer hopes to create a new neighbourhood – called Collegelands Park – in the Calton area of the city. It would deliver 157 Build to Rent apartments and a student accommodation scheme with 588 bed spaces.

“When we launched the first round of consultation in April this year, we attracted lots of excitement and interest from across the city. Now as we get closer to defining our plans, we are keen to hear more about what local people think about the development.

“We listened when some concerns were raised about the height of the buildings, and we have acted to address this issue, reconfiguring the plans, before submitting the final planning application in July. 

“We also had some very productive chats with people about how they want to see the park develop and we want to make sure their views are incorporated in the masterplan.

“The latest plans show the height of the Build to Rent building being reduced following consultation. Both the Build to Rent and student accommodation buildings also step down in height towards the park at the south to create attractive roof terraces with views over the park and to reduce the visual impact of the buildings on the landscape.”

Paul O’Donnell, of developers Glasgow Enlightenment

The Collegelands Park development will be centred around a green oasis with a 2.5-acre park and new arts facility.  The importance of ensuring the park is a safe place for everyone to enjoy was reinforced by the consultation exercise and through discussions with Make Space for Girls.

Glasgow Enlightenment is hosting a series of workshops with the organisation to make sure the park attracts diverse users, and that voices of girls and young women are heard in the planning process.

The arts facility has been designed to bring together the people living and working in the Calton district. It will feature hireable event space, a community lounge and café. 

“More detailed plans have also been made for the arts facility which will be built by local charity Dream Machine Productions. It will now feature a modular design inspired by a traditional Glasgow bandstand, with enclosed indoor space opening out into a courtyard. The courtyard space will have ‘Happy to Chat’ benches, free Wi-Fi, charging points and spaces that encourage outdoor remote working.” 

Paul O’Donnell, of developers Glasgow Enlightenment

The Collegelands regeneration project was launched in 2004 in a bid to bring new homes and opportunities to the Calton area of the city. Today, it is one of Scotland’s most successful mixed-use developments with a thriving community, a new Moxy hotel, offices, homes and shops.

Further details on the consultation event and the Make Space for Girls workshops can be found at collegelandspark.co.uk. People can also share their thoughts on the emerging Collegelands Park proposals via a feedback form on the website.

“We hope that local people will engage with the second stage of the consultation process – this is their chance to be heard and help us to deliver the best possible project for Glasgow and the local community.” 

Graeme Bone, of Glasgow Enlightenment