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Strathclyde University puts the heart back into Rottenrow Gardens

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September 8 2017

Strathclyde University puts the heart back into Rottenrow Gardens
The University of Strathclyde has agreed plans for significant alterations to be made to the B-listed Architecture Building as part of a concurrent redevelopment of the Colville Building to form a new learning and teaching hub.

This confirms that the existing buildings will be retained and adapted rather than demolished to improve student services at the heart of the John Anderson Campus by linking both into a single space.

Upon completion this work will see BDP deliver a new student union, 400-seat lecture theatre, exhibition space and social areas on the footprint.

Work will involve installation of a replacement metal window system to the Architecture Building whilst retaining distinctive copper panels whilst studios will be converted to teaching space. A new link building would be built connecting with (and wrapping around) the current Colville Building which would be refinished in glass curtain walling.

BDP wrote: “The design concept for the Colville Building proposed is to strip the building back to its existing structure. Exposing existing columns, downstand beams and soffits, as well as services, pair backed walls and concrete flooring. This would create a backdrop to facilitate large flexible open plan spaces and to create an aesthetic that contrasts the existing structure with new interventions.”

Longer term plans will see Rottenrow Gardens overhauled; including the pedestrianization of Richmond and North Portland Street.
A 'learning galleria' will front North Portland Street
A 'learning galleria' will front North Portland Street
A new pavilion will connect the Architecture Building to the Colville
A new pavilion will connect the Architecture Building to the Colville

Feature areas will be highlighted by changes in material finish
Feature areas will be highlighted by changes in material finish
Rottenrow Gardens has been identified as the physical heart of Strathclyde University
Rottenrow Gardens has been identified as the physical heart of Strathclyde University

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