City of Glasgow College in UK names preferred bidder for new campus developments
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City of Glasgow College in UK names preferred bidder for new campus developments

28 Jan 2013

City of Glasgow College in Scotland, UK, has appointed the Glasgow Learning Quarter (GLQ) consortium as the preferred bidder for its new £228m campus developments.

City of Glasgow College campus

City of Glasgow College in Scotland, UK, has appointed the Glasgow Learning Quarter (GLQ) consortium as the preferred bidder for its new £228m campus developments.

The GLQ consortium, which is led by construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine, beat off competition from BAM PPP.

Plans include construction of the new buildings at Cathedral Street and the Riverside campus at Thistle Street, which will feature an inner courtyard after completion.

Designed by Reiach and Hall, and Michael Laird Architects, the new buildings are expected to be completed in three years and will host approximately 40,000 students, as well as 1,200 members of staff.

Upon completion, the Cathedral Street building will house an art studio, a two-floor, open plan library, as well as a rooftop cafe. The Riverside campus will feature an 11-storey halls of residence building.

City of Glasgow College principal Paul Little said, "The two campuses will provide an amazing new learning environment for the students of today and tomorrow, future-proofed for generations to come."

Construction is expected to start on site in summer once approval from Glasgow City Council has been secured and the funding strategy has been finalised.

City of Glasgow College said the project will be funded through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and be supported by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) using the new Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) procurement model, which is a form of public private partnership.

The European Investment Bank has in principle approved about £100m of financing.

SFT associate director Julia Kennedy said, "Construction is planned to start later this year and will act as an enormous boost to local small and medium enterprises working within the building sector and related supply chains thanks to the preferred bidder’s commitment to supporting local employment and training."


Image: After completion, the new campuses will feature an inner courtyard. Photo: City of Glasgow College.