GCU receives green light for £30million campus redevelopment

10 September 2013

Architectural plans of the project

Architectural plans of the project

Glasgow City Council has approved plans for the University’s Heart of the Campus project which will transform the look and feel of its Cowcaddens estate with the creation of cutting-edge academic teaching, learning and research facilities and inspiring social spaces.

Major works include a showcase university entrance, a 500-seat teaching and conference facility and a contemporary restaurant space.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, said: “I am delighted that the City Council has granted planning permission for the Heart of the Campus project to provide inspiring new places for learning and research at the University which will enrich the experience of our students. This development provides the leading edge infrastructure we need as GCU continues to grow as an institution and has been created through the strong partnership between our architects Page\Park and University staff and students.”

Heart of the Campus is a major element of the University’s Campus Futures project which aims to enhance the experience of everyone who works and studies at GCU. Two buildings, the George Moore and Hamish Wood, will be significantly renovated and will be better connected to the campus centrepiece, the award-winning Saltire Centre. The ground level of the George Moore building will be home to a new restaurant with a galleria façade overlooking one of three courtyard gardens. A dedicated area for student support services will be located on the first floor.

An official university entrance point and reception will be established at the front of the Hamish Wood building, a showcase glass structure which will comprise exhibition space, an information zone and a café.

The pavilion will be highly visible from the western approach to the campus and is an opportunity to showcase the University’s identity and work. It will lead to a new ground floor learning, teaching and conference and events facility and will also act as the entrance to the Glasgow School for Business and Society.

Construction work, due to start on site in June 2014, is expected to be completed by January 2016.