Glasgow University to embark on £775m refurbishment programme

University of Glasgow refurb 4The University of Glasgow is seeking a contractor partner to work on a 10-year programme of refurbishment that could cost up to £775 million.

The project, which will be one of the largest in the university’s history since it moved from the city centre to Gilmorehill in the 1870s, was approved in February.

The scheme was made possible by the acquisition of the 12-acre Western Infirmary site and will see the university enter into a partnership to carry out planned infrastructure projects.

The university is expected to appoint one delivery partner to act as a single contractor for its strategy. The university will be seeking prospective contractors with a track record of successfully delivering major projects.

It is expected the programme will consist of multiple standalone work packages for individual buildings and associated infrastructure across the university’s estate.

A statement on the university website said: “We plan to invest in developing new buildings and bringing our historic and iconic buildings up to a standard which supports the needs of current and future students and researchers.

“Furthermore, the university intends to develop an open and accessible campus that will not only enhance the performance of the university but have a positive impact on the infrastructure of the city. The focus for much of this development will be the former site of the Western Infirmary.”

Speaking to The National, Professor Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice chancellor of the University of Glasgow said: “The campus development is something that will take many years to complete and will create a lasting legacy for future generations of students, academics and local people in the west end of Glasgow.”

The vision for the campus is set out in the development framework.

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