Affordable homes and student accommodation form plans for Glasgow’s India Street

Affordable homes and student accommodation form plans for Glasgow's India Street

Urban regeneration specialist Vita Group has submitted a planning application for the 20 India Street regeneration site in central Glasgow following a series of public consultations.

The proposal for the brownfield site includes the provision of 20 new affordable apartments which will be delivered with partner West of Scotland Housing Association and will be made up of 10 one-bedroom apartments suitable for single people or couples, with 10 two-bedroom apartments, suitable for families.

If successful, the redevelopment could help to create 225 new jobs during the construction phase and a further 20 jobs once the site is operational with an estimated £29 million invested into Glasgow.

Helping to meet Glasgow’s growing demand for student accommodation, the proposal also includes a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) building.

Designed for Vita Group’s best-in-class student accommodation brand Vita Student, the plans are to create 591 high-quality studio apartments supported by social and study space, a state-of-the-art gym which will be paired with Vita Student’s outstanding customer experience which has been designed to help students maximise their university experience and ‘Begin Big’, it includes an on-site operations team delivering regularevents, housekeeping, security and much, much more.

Over the last decade, demand to study at Glasgow’s leading universities has grown by 27,000 over the last decade and as a result, Glasgow has an undersupply of student accommodation with only 19,279 PBSA beds which creates a shortfall of 58,346 beds. It means 75% of full-time students are unable to access purpose-built student accommodation.

Affordable homes and student accommodation form plans for Glasgow's India Street

In a recent study of 1,000 students by Vita Group, 68% of students in Scotland said they were forced into the private rental market due to a lack of student accommodation. The same study found the spend power of students to be substantial for boosting the local economy. For example, students spend £136 per week on groceries, toiletries and cleaning products, £113 per week on leisure activities such as eating out, partying and gigs, and £107 per week on luxuries like gym subscriptions, beauty treatments and fashion.

The proposal also includes creating additional commercial units on the ground floor for new retail and leisure opportunities as well as considerable improvements to the public realm.

Vita Group already has one successful student residence in Glasgow, Vita Student West End, which is within a 20-minute walk of the University of Glasgow and plans for a new food hall at the former ABC Building on Sauchie Hall Street are currently under consultation.

Max Bielby, Vita Group chief operating officer, said: “Over the last six months we’ve been working with the local community, councillors and a broad spectrum of stakeholders to shape plans for 20 India Street, breathing new life into this brownfield site.

“Now we’re excited to submit our proposals and bring forward plans for affordable housing, student accommodation and new commercial opportunities at this important site. The development emphasises our commitment to Glasgow aims to help to alleviate some of the pressures felt across the city as a result of Glasgow’s growing population and lack of available housing types.”

Andrew Kubski, director of development & asset management at West of Scotland Housing Association, said: “We are excited about being part of Vita’s well-thought-through plans for this prominent site within the city centre. The location offers our customers further housing options and will provide 20 high quality, energy efficient homes for mid-market rent that align with our development strategy.”

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