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University of Strathclyde unveils new-look humanities & social sciences faculty

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February 15 2013

University of Strathclyde unveils new-look humanities & social sciences faculty
The University of Strathclyde has completed work on a £14m remodeling of its Lord Hope and Curran buildings for the newly formed faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Designed by Sheppard Robson the extensive alteration work saw the existing buildings reworked to form part of a new learning quarter at the Universities Cathedral Street campus, Glasgow.

This saw the perimeter of each floor transformed into large open plan work spaces to maximise daylight and ventilation whilst support spaces are housed in a central core.

James Dick, head of Sheppard Robson’s Scottish office, said: “Office and teaching spaces have been designed in line with the university’s space planning policy. Having analysed the way the occupants of the buildings work on a daily basis, we have remodeled the buildings to provide a flexibly divided floor plate that can accommodate future change that is more spatially efficient.”

Prof Anthony McGrew, dean of the faculty, said: “Collocating staff formerly based at Jordanhill to our city centre campus will have a major impact in allowing our recently formed Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to build on existing discipline-based strengths and develop cross-disciplinary themes in research, knowledge exchange and education.

“Our newly refurbished accommodation enhances our sense of identity by providing an innovative and inviting teaching environment for students while encouraging interdisciplinary working between staff.”

Photography by Andrew Lee.
 Externally new public realm provides a focus for entrances and takes note of a planned new sports centre to south west by adopting a courtyard design.
Externally new public realm provides a focus for entrances and takes note of a planned new sports centre to south west by adopting a courtyard design.
A significant expansion of education provision is underway in the Cathedral Street area
A significant expansion of education provision is underway in the Cathedral Street area

Break out areas have been incorporated in corridor spaces
Break out areas have been incorporated in corridor spaces
Large open plan spaces maximise daylight and ventilation
Large open plan spaces maximise daylight and ventilation

The scheme forms part of a new learning quarter on Strathclyde's city centre campus
The scheme forms part of a new learning quarter on Strathclyde's city centre campus
The scheme looks out across a south facing courtyard space
The scheme looks out across a south facing courtyard space

7 Comments

BB
#1 Posted by BB on 16 Feb 2013 at 13:12 PM
Good to see the university upgrading existing stock on its campus when it is worthwhile. Further improvements would be to demolish and replace buildings like the James Weir Building, Graham Hills Building, and other nondescript, banal and appalling buildings such as those.

At the same time improvements to the fabric of buildings like the Fielden Architecture building and the Morris and Steadman Wolfson Centre would be worthwhile and welcomed. Particularly the Architecture building as it is without doubt the most significant building on campus, and works excellently as an Architecture School.
Neil
#2 Posted by Neil on 18 Feb 2013 at 10:32 AM
# 1 Agree. The new buildings on campus, including this refurb are hardly inspirational and the new structure on Cathedral Street with the red interior is frankly blunt and boorish.

In contrast, the architecture building and Wolfson Building are fitting to their setting, contextual and well considered.
Andrew Lee
#3 Posted by Andrew Lee on 18 Feb 2013 at 12:37 PM
UR: To really appreciate what has gone on here, it might be useful to show more shots of the interior, where the bulk of the changes to the staff and student environments are apparent.
Another, more enthusiastic, Neil
#4 Posted by Another, more enthusiastic, Neil on 18 Feb 2013 at 16:05 PM
#3 there's only one way to resolve this..... FIGHT!!!
Andrew Lee
#5 Posted by Andrew Lee on 18 Feb 2013 at 23:09 PM
#4 Not looking for a fight! Just a suggestion for John. I took 14 shots, only 2 are being used...
John
#6 Posted by John on 19 Feb 2013 at 07:31 AM
Hi Andrew - unfortunately the practice only sent me across two images, the interior snap shown being their preferred view. Let me chase down the rest.
John Glenday
#7 Posted by John Glenday on 19 Feb 2013 at 12:09 PM
Additional visuals have now been added.

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