AUDE commendation for GCU Estates team

12 April 2017

AUDE commendation for GCU Estates team

The £32million Heart of the Campus project was recognised.

Glasgow Caledonian University's Estates and Facilities Management team has won a Highly Commended honour for the Association of University Directors of Estates’ (AUDE) 2017 Estates and Facilities Team of the Year award. The award recognises exceptional teamwork leading to a significant achievement.

The 2017 AUDE Awards took place on the final night of the annual AUDE conference, held at Manchester Metropolitan University. Each year, the awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of universities and best practice in the industry, including those who lead the way in estate and facilities management.

GCU's Estates and Facilities team has been at the heart of the biggest transformation in the University’s history, the Campus Futures initiative. Two major projects were completed in 2016, the £32million Heart of the Campus project, multi-million investment in the student experience, and a 10-month £3.5million overcladding and window replacement programme.

The Heart of the Campus project created outstanding learning spaces and social areas. It introduced a 500-seat lecture theatre and conference facility, a suite of stylish seminar rooms and entire floor dedicated to student support services, the Campus Life Lounge.

Douglas Little, Director of Estates, said: “We’re thrilled to win highly commended for this award.  I’m extremely proud of our small in-house team, many of whom are long-serving members of staff and at the core of the ambitious projects. We’re so please the hard work paid off and transformed the campus.”

The judges were on the lookout for teams, projects and individuals who have made a significant contribution to enhancing excellence and ensuring university estates provide best value to support the institutional mission and promote efficiency and effectiveness.

AUDE chair and head judge, Mike Clark, commented: “Glasgow Caledonian University transformed an aging estate over a number of years while maintaining student satisfaction. This is a huge undertaking and achievement. A whole change process of this scale is challenging and the success is a testament to the collaboration and commitment to their in-house team.

GCU's  Estates and Facilities Management Team is also shortlisted for a THELMA in June.