University of Glasgow’s £1bn masterplan given the go-ahead

WCN Editorial Team 20 Feb 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

University of Glasgow has secured planning permission from the Glasgow City Council for its £1bn campus masterplan, which will develop the former Western Infirmary site.

The first phase of the project will include the construction of a learning and teaching hub, a research hub, an institute of health and wellbeing, the Adam Smith business school, and a base for the College of Arts including new performance spaces, as well as the renovation of the chemistry building.

Phase two will include the construction of new teaching and research space for engineering, an innovation quarter on Church Street, a building for research into chronic diseases, and a social justice hub that will lead research in the removal of global inequalities. This phase is expected to commence in 2023.

Principal and vice-chancellor professor Anton Muscatelli said: “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.

“This will be one of the biggest educational infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history and is certainly the biggest development undertaken by this University since it moved to Gilmorehill 150 years ago.”

The project is anticipated to result in the creation of 2,000 to 3,000 new jobs.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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