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Glasgow Caledonian University unveil campus redevelopment plan

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May 21 2013

Glasgow Caledonian University unveil campus redevelopment plan
Glasgow Caledonian University has lodged a planning application for a £30m redevelopment of its Cowcaddens campus, part of a wider estate masterplan.

Dubbed ‘Heart of the Campus’ the project will entail creation of a 500 seat conference facility, reception and teaching spaces alongside a £20m renovation of the Hamish Wood building.

Public realm works will see the creation of three courtyard gardens connecting to the George Moore building with a restaurant, ‘Skype suite’ and break out spaces adding to the mix.

These will be announced from Cowcaddens Road by way of a ‘showcase’ glass pavilion incorporating an exhibition space, an information zone and a café.

Andy Bateman, of Page\Park architects commented: “The Heart of the Campus concept emerged from the masterplan work we undertook with the University in 2010.

“The project clarifies circulation at the centre of the campus for the benefit of students, staff and visitors, and activates and enlivens external courtyards with new exciting landscapes. The project revolves around how spaces connect people and how the university connects into the city.

“The design will create more opportunities for people to interact, socially and academically, and will help to enrich the sense of community that is so evident within the University.”

It is anticipated that construction work could start as early as June next year for completion by January 2016.
A new gateway pavilion will present a public face of the campus toward Buchanan Galleries
A new gateway pavilion will present a public face of the campus toward Buchanan Galleries
Anonymous streetscape will be upgraded to instil a feeling of arrival
Anonymous streetscape will be upgraded to instil a feeling of arrival

4 Comments

NC
#1 Posted by NC on 22 May 2013 at 11:05 AM
Happy to see the consolidation of the urban edge in the existing campus block but I don't think the 2 football pitches over Buchanan bus station does anything for the city.
Brian
#2 Posted by Brian on 22 May 2013 at 20:18 PM
The pitches are hilarious.what about fumes in station below! mmmm
urbanrealm
#3 Posted by urbanrealm on 23 May 2013 at 15:55 PM
To clarify - the pitches date from a 2010 masterplan when Land Securities planned to redevelop Buchanan Bus Station. This is no longer on the cards and the plans have been amended accordingly.

The updated plans have now been released and have been embedded within this story.
wonky
#4 Posted by wonky on 23 May 2013 at 20:21 PM
I thought the pitches were some sort of comparison gauge to give us a sense of scale- Wooft!

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