The £1billion masterplan, for the creation of a new campus for the University of Glasgow on the site of the former Western Infirmary, is believed to currently be the biggest procurement project in Britain, with an investment greater than that for the regeneration of Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Gilmorehill Campus development will create a world-class environment for learning and research for the fourth oldest English-speaking University in the world, which was founded in 1451.
"This is a very exciting project and will be one of the most high profile higher education programmes in Britain over the next decade."
Paul Sherry, Faithful+Gould Director
Faithful+Gould will oversee the provision of six academic buildings, forming a 'smart campus' with integrated technology and the development of a new civic square. The Learning and Teaching Hub, Research Hub, Institute of Health and Wellbeing and College of Social Sciences, College of Arts, College of Science and Engineering and Alliance of Chronic Diseases will revolutionise teaching and research at the University.
A combination of flexible and specialist space and interactive hubs, will provide multi-functional support for individual and group learning while facilitating the opportunity to bring leading researchers together with aspiring research teams from the University and industry experts, building on Glasgow’s current world leading reputation.
The campus will provide new, active public spaces including a new civic square and improved pedestrian and cycle links between Byres Road and Kelvingrove Park. Furthermore, the considered masterplan will enliven the area through active frontages and initiatives to deliver vibrancies and a sense of place out with the University’s core hours of operation, integrating with and enhancing the wider West End of Glasgow.
"This is a very exciting project and will be one of the most high profile higher education programmes in Britain over the next decade," said Paul Sherry, director at Faithful+Gould. "The University of Glasgow already has a fantastic reputation and this project will enhance that and make sure that it stays at the forefront of research and learning innovation for years to come. It will also set the standard for the future development of universities with its multi-functional learning hubs rather than traditional lecture halls, and the way in which it will be able to interact with industry and the public as well as academics around the globe."
The, Faithful+Gould facilitated, Competitive Dialogue process to secure a delivery partner commenced 24th February 2016 and it’s anticipated that a delivery partner will be in place early 2017. The University of Glasgow employs over 6000 staff and welcomes 25,100 students from over 130 countries. It is expected that the project will create more than 2,500 new jobs.