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October 29 2018

University of Glasgow move on-site with Western Campus expansion

The University of Glasgow has broken ground on a £113m Research Hub immediately after it won planning consent to build the centrepiece of its estate expansion programme.

Located on the site of the former Western Infirmary the hub will accommodate over 600 academics, researchers and students on its upper levels while the ground floor is given over to the university as a whole for exhibitions and events.

Initial work will see Multiplex install 472 piles across the site through to January, enabling construction to begin in earnest thereafter with a minimum of noise and disruption.

Principal and vice-chancellor, professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, said: “This represents a landmark moment in our £1 billion Campus Development programme as the Research Hub will be the first building to be constructed on the site of the former Western Infirmary.”

Completion of the HOK designed building is expected by 2021.

A secondary western entrance is provided from Elder Chapel
A secondary western entrance is provided from Elder Chapel
The Research Hub is the first phase of a wider £1bn Western Campus
The Research Hub is the first phase of a wider £1bn Western Campus

2 Comments

Fat Bloke on Tour
#1 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 29 Oct 2018 at 12:49 PM
Hopefully all this expansion will galvanise the uni to improve the look and feel of its current estate.

The upkeep of the grounds -- down to the grass keeping -- is pretty poor and does not reflect well on its ambitions to grow and develop.

Then there is the current poor state of "Bearsden Tech" -- looking lost and lonely and a bit shop soiled.

Given the need to improve the Scottish economy and re-engage with its mechanical engineering roots I find it strange that it has not been given a higher priority.

Might be a bit too close to "trade" for the high heid yins currently calling the shots.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 29 Oct 2018 at 13:04 PM
Master-planning has not been a strong-point for the uni after the original quadrangles went in.

The current layout south of University Avenue seems to have been designed with George Ezra in mind -- they had some treasure and they threw it all away.

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