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University of Glasgow campus masterplan waved through

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February 17 2017

University of Glasgow campus masterplan waved through
Glasgow City Council has lent its approval to The University of Glasgow to press ahead with an ambitious campus masterplan after awarding planning in principle for the former Western Infirmary site.

A first phase of work will see work to demolish the current mathematics building get underway in the spring, followed by the hospital over the summer to allow creation of a new Learning and Teaching Hub; Research Hub; Institute of Health & Wellbeing; Adam Smith Business School and a new College of Arts.

Landscaping and refurbishment works will also take place during this initial rush of activity, including an upgrade of the Joseph Black chemistry building. Five other listed buildings; The Chapel, the Outpatients building, the Macgregor building, the Tennent Institute and the Anderson College, will also be refurbished.

Principal and vice-chancellor professor Anton Muscatelli, commented: “The decision to approve the masterplan is pivotal to allowing us to start this development. An initial financial envelope of around £430m will be spent over the next five years on the first phase of the project.

“It is part of a wider £1bn investment which includes significant spend on refurbishing and improving the existing estate.”

In the longer term a second phase of work is expected to commence in 2023 to deliver an engineering hub; Innovation Quarter on Church Street; a chronic diseases research centre and a Social Justice Hub.

The masterplan has been drafted by 7N Architects, Simpson & Brown, Aecom, Arup and LUC.
A new public square will offer pedestrian links between Byres Road and Kelvingrove Park
A new public square will offer pedestrian links between Byres Road and Kelvingrove Park
Fingers of accommodation will direct people into the campus
Fingers of accommodation will direct people into the campus

The Boyd Orr and Joseph Black buildings will be refurbished
The Boyd Orr and Joseph Black buildings will be refurbished

5 Comments

monkey9000
#1 Posted by monkey9000 on 17 Feb 2017 at 11:09 AM
Looks great! Let's hope for once the University put their money where their mouth is.
lm
#2 Posted by lm on 17 Feb 2017 at 11:57 AM
Looks Amazing! Nice, simple and ordered. It is exactly what this area needs. Really good project ..... and amazing 3d graphics too
Charlie_
#3 Posted by Charlie_ on 17 Feb 2017 at 13:47 PM
While its exciting to see this scale of investment I can't help thinking it all looks a bit anodyne and suburban. I doubt anybody except the guy paid to mow them will get much utility from all those lawns either.
Dave
#4 Posted by Dave on 17 Feb 2017 at 16:47 PM
There's a lot about this I like, in particular the corner of Byres Road and University Place and the new route through to Dumbarton Road.
I can't help feeling though that the side facing Dumbarton Road is a bit of a hotchpotch - a missed opportunity there.
Terra
#5 Posted by Terra on 24 Feb 2017 at 11:30 AM
I like it!

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