Glasgow Enlightenment unveils final plans for Collegelands Park

Collegelands is one of Scotland’s most successful mixed-use developments, with its student accommodation providing essential beds for Glasgow’s universities.

Site of the proposed Collegelands Park scheme, which will be home to many of Glasgow's students and professionals | Glasgow Enlightenment | PBSA News
Site of the proposed Collegelands Park scheme, which will be home to many of Glasgow's students and professionals.

The joint venture between developer Dawn Developments Limited and property development, investment, and management firm Drum Property Group, Glasgow Enlightenment Limited, has unveiled the completion plans of its Collegelands Park development.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was lodged with Glasgow City Council for the proposed £95m multi-use development. Collegelands Park will comprise a student residence offering 586 bedspaces and a Build to Rent block on the five-acre site, which borders Duke Street and High Street. 

“This new development will mark the completion of the 20-yearlong Collegelands masterplan to regenerate the Calton area of the city. This important project will create 250 jobs during construction, and we hope will act as a catalyst for further development in the area.

“These plans are the culmination of years of conversation with local people and the City Council on how this final piece of the Collegelands jigsaw could look. We are excited to draw all these ideas together into this new proposal and to finally be able to share it with the local community.

“It is important that the new development is right for those who live, study and work in the Merchant City and Calton areas of Glasgow. The original concept for regeneration at Collegelands remains the same as it did almost two decades ago – to create a vibrant city centre district that will serve Glasgow for generations to come.”

Paul O’Donnell, Glasgow Enlightenment

Collegelands Park will also deliver a community-led arts facility with event space, a café and courtyard. At the heart of the new neighbourhood, a short walk from the city centre and Strathclyde University, will be a two-and-a-half-acre park – the first to be created in the city in many years. The park will feature orchard and blossom trees and community growing areas, helping to improve air quality and public health.

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 has a thriving community, a new Moxy hotel, offices, homes and shops – and is one of Scotland’s most successful mixed-use developments.

A series of events are being held during the pre-application process, and a formal planning application will be lodged with Glasgow City Council in the summer following the consultation period.

“We hope that local people will come along and have their say on this proposed development which will not only enrich the area by providing much needed new homes and student accommodation, but also offer a safe, well-lit place where people can exercise or relax and chat with friends, along with community cultural events for everyone to enjoy.”

Graeme Bone, Glasgow Enlightenment