Glasgow University will be investing £1 billion over the next 10 years to expand their campus and turn the West End into a ‘museum district’.
They are in the process of planning now, and will receive the keys to the former Western Infirmary in April. The site is bounded by Dumbarton road, Church street & University place. They will also create a civic square that will link up with the Kelvin Hall, Kelvingrove Museum and the SSE Hydro, which will be open to the public. They will also consider the whole of Gilmorehill in the process.
The area will centre around a state of the art learning & teaching hub, which will include formal and less formal teaching & learning spaces featuring the latest technology. The Lecture rooms will have natural lighting flexible seating, and communication through digital screens. The site will also be used for hosting conferences and to attract more conferences to the city. Professor Anton Muscatelli said “it’s also about creating a site that the community will be able to use as well as students.”
Once the first phase of work is completed in 2018, work will start on a new research hub. Mr Muscatelli said: “Basically it brings all our top research together and will attract industries to come and bring some of their innovation to Glasgow.
“There will also be new homes for our various colleges – arts, social sciences and we’re also expanding our presence in health and wellbeing and chronic disease.
“Glasgow University is one of the best in the world in areas trying to address cancer, heart disease, arthritis, these are the sort of chronic disease we do well in and this is what we are trying to expand as well.”
The space will be something that the whole city, as well as the west end, can be proud of. The museum district will be second only to London when the Kelvin Hall opens this year. There will also be comercial interest in the site, as shops and potentially hotels open in the area in order to attract tourists. The project will create an expected 2500 jobs in the area and have a huge impact on Glasgow’s economy.
Glasgow Kelvin SNP MSP Sandra White said: ‘It is an absolutely fantastic project and it involves opening the university up to the whole community.’, whilst a spokeswoman for the Glagow City marketing bereau said ‘This announcement further reinforces the University of Glasgow’s credentials as one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions.’