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University of Glasgow takes possession of Western infirmary site

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April 12 2016

 University of Glasgow takes possession of Western infirmary site
The University of Glasgow has taken possession of the 14 acre former Western Infirmary site, enabling the progression of a £1bn expansion of its Gilmorehill campus over the coming decade.

Key facets of this scheme include creation of a research and innovation hub alongside a new College of Arts and buildings for social sciences, the Institute of Health and Well-being, and the School of Science and Engineering.

Public realm enhancements such as a central square and newly established pedestrian routes will also be introduced with alternative commercial uses sought for five listed buildings.

Ann Allen, director of estates at the university, said: “We’re looking to build roughly 800,000sq/ft of accommodation with a mix of uses including new learning and teaching spaces, a research hub and buildings for the arts and social science, the institute of wellbeing and eventually science and the institute of infectious diseases.

“There will also be an opportunity to build some commercial buildings along the Church Street entrance that will allow us to open up that street and ensure that it links with Byres Road.

“One of the key features of the development is the way it will allow us to link Byers Road with Dumbarton Road and therefore we want to open up the whole area and create a new central square to encourage both the community and university to move through the campus.”

The important milestone follows the launch of a consultation seeking to establish community views on the expansion, the first sign of which will be a learning and teaching hub on University Avenue.
An aerial view of the existing Western Infirmary site
An aerial view of the existing Western Infirmary site
Portions of the historic infirmary will also be demolished
Portions of the historic infirmary will also be demolished

3 Comments

ellah
#1 Posted by ellah on 13 Apr 2016 at 13:39 PM
This could really improve the area and create anchor point for the bottom end of the Road. It would be good to get some decent retail units down here too.
richard
#2 Posted by richard on 14 Apr 2016 at 12:38 PM
Yes this is a fantastic opportunity not least to re-open the view to the university tower from along Dumbarton Road in Partick. Please don't block the view again
Benjamin Denton-Cardew
#3 Posted by Benjamin Denton-Cardew on 9 Dec 2016 at 17:40 PM
Demolition of G block would be senseless vandalism to such a historic university.
I support the primary aims of the development but the demolition of such a wonderful and ornate building is absolutely horrifying.

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