Groundbreaking at iQ Student Accommodation Bath Street development in Glasgow

Groundbreaking at iQ Student Accommodation Bath Street development in Glasgow image
Works have commenced at the 551-bed student complex site, which has previous GRAHAM project iQ Student Accommodation Bath Street as a backdrop

Works are now underway at iQ Student Accommodation’s purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development on Bath Street, with members of the project team joining the official groundbreaking ceremony on 6 July.

The iQ Student Accommodation complex, located at 225 Bath Street, will replace a vacant 1970’s office block which has now been demolished. Delivered by contractor GRAHAM and designed by Glasgow-based architects Cooper Cromar, the complex will create 551 bedrooms across 12 storeys.

Due for competition in 2025, students will benefit from luxury communal amenities including a gym, a gaming arcade, dining spaces and social areas set across 16,390 sq. ft. The new complex sits adjacent to an existing iQ Student Accommodation block – Elgin Place – which includes 323 beds, also delivered by GRAHAM.

The new design will complement the wider streetscape with a glazed frontage and iQ Student Accommodation will offer a variety of tenures, allowing students to choose the block they live in.

Piling operations have now commenced and will be followed by two months of groundworks. Two tower cranes will be erected on site in September, with the core construction anticipated to take two months and the concrete frame to follow.

The wider project team also includes planning consultant, Ryden, engineering consultant, Woolgar Hunter, Atelier Ten, which will manage the mechanical and electrical engineering, and project manager, Faithful & Gould, as well as multidisciplinary design consultancy, Hydrock.

Gary Holmes, Regional Managing Director at GRAHAM Building North, said:

“We are excited to continue our excellent relationship with the iQ Student Accommodation team through the delivery of further much-needed student residences within Glasgow city centre. This is a particularly important project with demand continuing to outstrip supply.
Now that GRAHAM is on site, our team look forward to bringing the development out of the ground and creating high-quality accommodation and amenities for students in Glasgow. We are keen to support wider regeneration efforts in the city, helping to retain its reputation as an attractive destination for both local and international students."
From L-R: Scott Rodgers, Project Manager, GRAHAM; Peter Nulty, Trainee Development Manager, iQ Student Accommodation; Simon Davies, Development Manager, iQ Student Accommodation; William Ross, Contracts Manager, GRAHAM; Anthony Bateman, Pre-Construction Director, GRAHAM