The planned campus project is one of the biggest education developments in Scotland – higher than the public investment in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
It is anticipated that 2,500 jobs will be created during the construction period. Work to appoint a construction delivery partner is already underway with a winner due to be selected by early next year.
Faithful+Gould is acting as project manager overseeing work on six major academic buildings forming a “smart campus”. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as multi discipline engineering contractor and HLM is overall architect.
Masterplan for the former Western Infirmary site
- Creation of a major Research and Innovation Hub
- Public routes and a new central square which will link Byres Road to the cultural quarter for the West End, with new links to Kelvingrove and the newly-refurbished Kelvin Hall. These link will be reinforced by a new-build for the College of Arts;
- New buildings for social sciences, the Institute of Health and Well-being, and the School of Science and Engineering;
- Commercial opportunities, including a hotel, restaurant, bars and cafes to ensure that the five listed buildings on the site have a new and valuable use.
Professor Anton Muscatelli, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “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.”