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May 26 2016

UWS Lanarkshire campus wins go ahead
South Lanarkshire Council has lent its approval to an out of town campus for the University of the West of Scotland, to be sited within Hamilton International Technology Park.

UWS Lanarkshire will see three blocks of student housing built offering 500 spaces, together with conversion of three existing buildings for academic use and sport facilities, connecting to the existing UWS Eco Campus by a landscaped woodland walkway and 1,500 space car park.

Overseen by Mosaic Architecture + Design the plans run counter to the council’s own local development plan but were approved regardless on the basis that there would be no impact on green belt land.

Stating their design principles Mosaic stated that they would harness topography to create a series of : “Our aim is to create a phased master plan that builds a strong link between the residential campus and academic buildings.

“The residential blocks are stepped along the site’s contours. The layout of the buildings will create a series of interlinked courtyards which will each have their own distinct character.”

Final approval for the relocation must wait until the university’s governing body convene at the end of June.

5 Comments

Cal
#1 Posted by Cal on 27 May 2016 at 09:26 AM
Having already ripped the heart out of Hamilton by building the out of town retail park on the palace grounds, SLC now seems determined to further decimate the town by transferring the college to a grim estate in Blantyre.

Think what a totally revamped campus in the centre of Hamilton could do. Not least making use of the two train stations and other public transport in the town.

This sums up everything wrong with urbanism in Scotland.
j
#2 Posted by j on 27 May 2016 at 18:16 PM
No funding was available to rebuild the campus on the current site, which is nothing to do with SLC. The decision to move ( which has not yet been agreed by the University's governing body) is a purely financial one made by UWS.
Islands of sanity
#3 Posted by Islands of sanity on 29 May 2016 at 20:33 PM
Another nail in the coffin for the SG policy, Town Centre First.
FreeRangeTech
#4 Posted by FreeRangeTech on 30 May 2016 at 19:21 PM
It could have been worse when the other site that competed to host the UWS was Eurocentral (and who ever wants to go there?). I do agree that in terms of location being on the very fringe of Hamilton/High Blantyre adjacent it's a bit out of the way, for those students that live too close to be elligible for the resi but don't have their own transport this is going to be a pain to get to.

Also this 'sketchy line to make it look artistic enough to hide the lack of detail' sketch up shot ain't doing it any favours.
Terra
#5 Posted by Terra on 6 Jun 2016 at 03:00 AM
They make it look like a Siberian gulag.

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