University of Glasgow unveils £1bn campus expansion plan

WCN Editorial Team 14 Apr 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of Glasgow has unveiled expansion plans to transform the former Western Infirmary site into a learning hub.

The university has taken possession of the 14-acre site that will see an estimated £1bn investment over the next 10 years.

The proposed plan will involve the creation of a research and innovation centre and new facilities for social sciences, health and engineering.

It will include public routes and a new central square that will connect Byres Road to the cultural centre for the West End, with new connections to Kelvingrove and the newly-revamped Kelvin Hall.

The proposed development will also feature a hotel, restaurant, bars and cafes. It is expected to create 2,500 jobs during the construction period.

The University of Glasgow principal and vice-chancellor Anton Muscatelli said: “We hope to use the new site as a catalyst to attract and grow the very best academics, to attract the very best students and to ensure that Glasgow continues to be one of the top universities in the world.

“The first major development will be a Learning and Teaching Hub – situated not on the former Western Infirmary site but on University Avenue. It will provide spaces for 3,000 students at any one time, as well as state-of-the-art facilities, and will allow us to use the latest techniques in pedagogy.”

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