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March 11 2011

Strathclyde University unveil new technology centre
Strathclyde University have unveiled images of a planned £89m Technology and Innovation Centre, to be erected on a brownfield site in the Merchant City district of Glasgow.

Accommodating 850 researchers and scientists the centre is designed to bring businesses, academics and industry together to collaborate on new technologies.

Based on a long standing gap site in the city centre the facility is designed to become a hub for research into energy, renewable technologies, advanced engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Work on the 22,000 sq/m structure is expected to commence early next year and complete in 2014.

Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “This city and this country will engineer the technologies of the 21st century just as Glasgow once dominated marine engineering in the 19th century.”

Gardiner & Theobald have been appointed as project management consultants although the scheme depicted in the visualisation is conceptual and subject to change.
Public realm work has already been laid in the longstanding gap site
Public realm work has already been laid in the longstanding gap site
With the neighbouring Collegelands development also taking shape George Street may soon find itself with a properly defined frontage for the first time in decades
With the neighbouring Collegelands development also taking shape George Street may soon find itself with a properly defined frontage for the first time in decades

4 Comments

Iain
#1 Posted by Iain on 14 Mar 2011 at 13:58 PM
Looks like a glass box which to function as a building will need a good deal of heating and cooling which doesn't suggest excellent engineering to me.

The feature lighting also looks wasteful in energy terms and I would have thought a hub for energy and renewable technologies might like to incorporate a bit of solar shading with solar technologies, like PV on the roofspace.
sg
#2 Posted by sg on 15 Mar 2011 at 21:08 PM
i am nothing to do with this project but iain, unless you have seen the sustainability strategy why post stupid throwaway comments like that!!!
Imperator of Subtopia
#3 Posted by Imperator of Subtopia on 18 Mar 2011 at 13:36 PM
Wannabe architects, G&T, get in the first 'concept'. What a place to start.
Iain
#4 Posted by Iain on 22 Mar 2011 at 12:18 PM
sg, my comments were neither stupid nor throwaway: you can tell a lot about what the sustainability strategy will contain by the drawings produced by the architect. To me, the sustainability strategy here either, doesn't yet exist or, has been relegated to a tick box exercise.

As an alumnus of the University of Strathclyde all I can say is that I hope for better at the detailed design stage. Something that is a bit more practical rather than some dated glass box found in the bins round the back of Fosters.

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