Inspiring campus redevelopment shortlisted for a THELMA

06 April 2017

Inspiring campus redevelopment shortlisted for a THELMA

The impressive Lantern was just one element of the Heart of the Campus project.

The transformation of Glasgow Caledonian University's city centre campus, which includes a £32million inspiring redevelopment, has been shortlisted for a top award.

The ambitious two-year Heart of the Campus project is part of a strategy that has seen the University shortlisted in the Outstanding Estates Strategy category of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017.

Affectionately known as the THELMAs, the awards are now in their ninth year and showcase less celebrated teams who work in the engine rooms of higher education institutions.

The landmark Heart of the Campus project has introduced exciting new elements to GCU’s estate, including a 500-seat lecture hall and conference facility, a suite of stylish seminar rooms and a floor dedicated to Student Services, the Campus Life Lounge.

Other new facilities include a contemporary restaurant, a student-focused café and lounge, and a striking glass pavilion, which provides a defined point of entry to the campus. Outdoor space has also been revitalised with three landscaped courtyard gardens while connections between buildings, and accessibility routes, have been improved.

The campus was further enhanced in December 2016 with the completion of an overcladding and new windows project on one of the main teaching buildings. With its new highly insulated envelope, the building is now contributing to significant energy and carbon savings across the campus as a part of GCU’s award-winning sustainability programme.

Both projects follow the installation of a Combined Heat and Power energy system which provides a sustainable, campus-wide network of shared heat and power. GCU was also the first Scottish university to be certified EcoCampus Platinum/ISO14001 and Scotland’s first Cycle Friendly Campus, with distinction, in 2016.

The redevelopment was spearheaded by GCU’s Estates and Facilities Management Department, beginning with a masterplan in 2010 that allowed the team to identify the priorities, principles and projects that would drive the future development of the estate.

Gerry Milne, GCU’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice-Principal Infrastructure, said: “Heart of the Campus was a major redevelopment and a landmark in GCU’s history.

“Our objective, and that of the wider redevelopment, was to deliver a first-class campus environment that everyone can be proud of. The construction programme was carefully managed and recognised key dates in the University calendar.

“I’m proud this work has been recognised with a THELMA nomination.”

The THELMA awards dinner and presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 22 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Over 1000 guests are expected to attend including politicians, senior sector figures, and academic and professional services staff from universities across the UK.