Award-winning alumnus Alasdair Fernie returns to GCU

14 April 2016

Alasdair Fernie

Alasdair Fernie

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) alumnus Alasdair Fernie will discuss design, construction, and the community impact of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital during an ‘In Conversation’ event to be held on campus on Thursday, April 21.

Alasdair is currently Project Director for Brookfield Multiplex and was awarded a Silver Medal at the Chartered Institute of Building’s Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2015 for delivering the construction of the new £575 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital five weeks early and under budget. The project also received recognition from international real-estate conference MIPIM, winning the award for Best Healthcare Development last month.

The event will look to explore how the design and construction process can lead to improved healthcare benefits for staff and patients of future projects, and seek to identify key lessons learned from the subject project.

Alasdair will be joined at the event by IBI Group Associate Director Neil Murphy, Brookfield Multiplex Community Engagement Officer Caron Dunlop, and NHS Director of Facilities David Louden.

Alasdair graduated from GCU in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management and Engineering. Last year, he visited the University to share the story of his journey from apprentice joiner to managing one of the largest construction projects in Scotland this decade.

Colin Murchison, Associate Dean (Business Development), School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “Alasdair and his colleagues have a fascinating story to tell of how the careful and effective planning and construction of this new state-of-the-art hospital can deliver exceptional benefits and, as the judges of the MIPIM award noted, the hospital has established a new benchmark for healthcare design and delivery.”

The event, titled Design, Construction, and Community Impact of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, will take place at 5.30pm in lecture theatre C236. To sign up, visit here.