RCS to offer Scotland’s first specialised accommodation for performing arts students in £35m Glasgow development

Scotland’s national conservatoire is to offer new state-of-the-art accommodation designed specifically for performing arts students.

The multi-million development in Dunblane Street in Glasgow’s city centre will comprise bespoke sound-proofed practice and rehearsal spaces, a cinema as well as social and living spaces where students can collaborate and learn.

The new site will accommodate up to 301 students in a range of shared flats and studio apartments, all en-suite. It will be the only student accommodation in Scotland built to cater for the needs of young musicians, singers, actors and performers, enabling them to practice and collaborate in a secure environment. The RCS will lease 164 bed spaces from property developer and owner, Soller One Ltd.

This new student accommodation is conveniently sited between the two RCS campus locations at Renfrew Street and the Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks. Construction work is already underway and is expected to be completed by August 2019.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “As one of the world’s top institutions for performing arts education, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland attracts high-calibre students from across Scotland and internationally. We want our students to have the best possible experience while they are studying with us and part of that is having inspiring and purposeful campus facilities and accommodation.

“This new development will allow our students to thrive and develop as artists and as citizens of the world. It’s of immeasurable benefit that our students have the right facilities to practice their art in their own environment to help them get the most from their studies, social lives and student experience.”

Nick Treadaway, director of The Soller Group, added: “The local community will start to see this development for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland take shape over the coming months, and it will undoubtedly transform the area. This will be a high-quality development for the Conservatoire’s students and provide jobs and training opportunities for local people during the construction period. We have worked closely with staff and students from the Conservatoire to deliver a building that complements their already outstanding learning experience.”

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