Foundry Courtyard Student Accommodation, Glasgow

This 536-bedroom development provides modern, stylish accommodation for students of the nearby University of Strathclyde, City of Glasgow College and Glasgow Caledonian University.

The development offers a range of accommodation types including 2-6 bedroom clusters and 149 studio flats. To complement the accommodation, other facilities include a gymnasium, cinema room, study pods, social space with a games area and a retail unit. There is also a large secure courtyard which can be used by students for recreational purposes.

A full infrastructure lifecycle solution

Drawing on our extensive infrastructure expertise, Foundry Courtyard was our first ‘direct let’ student accommodation development.

As developer of the project, we secured funding, completed the site purchase, planning, design and construction works and are now operating the accommodation. All funding and finance for the scheme has been provided by Balfour Beatty.

Wide ranging construction capability

New technologies to ensure the safety of our workforce were adopted during project delivery, including:




workforce recruited locally

  • SiteZone Proximity Warning System - to reduce the risk of vehicle – pedestrian collisions, the system uses radio frequency technology to alert the machine operators of pedestrians near their vehicles
  • Crane Hook Camera System - a wireless camera system on the crane hook was installed to improve visibility for crane operators

The delivery of the project drew on the wide-ranging capabilities of Balfour Beatty. This included works being delivered by Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, our piling and ground improvement specialists, and our mechanical and electrical specialists – Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick.

To make sure works progressed during the wettest winter on record, we used tents, gazebos, and temporary metal sheeting to allow work to progress safely.