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City of Glasgow College construction date set

January 25 2012

City of Glasgow College construction date set
Construction of a huge new college in Glasgow has been slated for the summer of 2013 following a decision by the Scottish Government to commence procurement works.

This has seen the design, build, finance and maintenance costs associated with the build handed to a private sector special purpose company which will work with the College to ensure capital costs are repaid over a 25 year period through a “unitary charge” applied following completion.

The Scottish Funding Council have committed up to £193m to the project with a further £5.67m being invested directly by the college.

80% of the required accommodation will be built on the site of the existing Allan Glen building in a new build block fronting Cathedral Street, designed by Atkins..

It is projected that this development alone could introduce up to 10% of additional pedestrian activity to the once bustling thoroughfare, linking the medieval High Street to the commercial core.

The scheme is scheduled to be delivered by 2016.
The Allan Glen campus as it exists currently
The Allan Glen campus as it exists currently
This Strathclyde University sports centre, a separate development, will rise on an adjacent plot
This Strathclyde University sports centre, a separate development, will rise on an adjacent plot


#1 Posted by BL on 25 Jan 2012 at 15:23 PM
'has been slated for the summer of 2013 '...can someone explain to me what this means? Hardly a news story this really is it. It would be nice if Urban Realm could get themselves some writers able to string a sentence together and post some stories that enhance our knowledge of Scottish Archiitecture rather than confuse the socks off everyone. A lazy 'non-news' story.....
#2 Posted by h.a. on 25 Jan 2012 at 16:19 PM
would be good if some international news/projects were displayed as well, just to let people know that there is life out of Scotland (and may be to rise the level a little bit)
#3 Posted by Enjoy on 25 Jan 2012 at 17:25 PM
Are Atkins still involved or is each contractor not binging their own design team to the table? Or are they novated? What's the script? Anyone?
#4 Posted by Boab on 25 Jan 2012 at 18:09 PM
Its JM Architects that are on the Client side
Each contractor has their own design team
Atkins have nothing to do with this project any more
#5 Posted by Dave on 26 Jan 2012 at 07:42 AM
Love how they have now changed the title of this article
Always good to have a reasonable understanding of a project before you write about it
#6 Posted by Ross on 27 Jan 2012 at 11:21 AM
Despites its massive cash injection to create Glasgow a college with distinction and pride, a rather bland looking building with absolutely no personality or imagination has been designed. It could be another faceless office block in any city in any part of the world.

The one thing that I hate about Cathedral Street is the awful dominating mix of 60's architecture; and disappointing to see that it is going to replaced by bland 21st century architecture.
sultan of brooneye
#7 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 28 Jan 2012 at 18:33 PM
I am confused - the building in the 1st image is horrendous; are they building that? It is without question the blandest building I have ever seen! At first I assumed it was a photo of a building currently on the site; ready for demolition – I wish I was kidding!

I am shocked that this has got through the planning system. Heads should be hung in shame - even if there is a great 'masterplan' that indicates how well the building will work with and improve the area (I have no idea if this is the case) - then to let the final product become so anonymous and run-of-the-mill is a disgrace. It reeks of a building designed around client pleasing number and figures and a total lack of creativity.
#8 Posted by wt on 28 Jan 2012 at 23:43 PM
I'd have said the vast amount of busses and lorries roaring up and down cathedral street on their way to and from the M8 are the worst part of Cathedral street - and the best argument for why building a campus straddling it is a stupid, stupid idea.
david nimmo
#9 Posted by david nimmo on 30 Jan 2012 at 15:10 PM
Makes the present Allan Glen's look pretty good.

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