Research facility plan for former Glasgow hospital site

University of Glasgow ICE 1The University of Glasgow has submitted plans to transform an old Southern General site into a pioneering new medical research facility.

Situated on Langlands Drive, the old neurosurgical block could house technology never used before in the UK, according to STV.

Construction has been awarded to BAM Construction with BMJ Architects providing designs for the new building.

Demolition of the site is expected to take place during the summer this year after the first patients were moved to the new South Glasgow University Hospital in April.

A clinical building ‘The Roundhouse’ currently occupies the site, but if plans go ahead the facility will include the UK’s first 7 Tesla clinical MRI scanner - a whole body scanner weighing around 42 tons.

Plans are still pending but you can view the full application via the Glasgow City Council website.

The hope is the facility will unite world-leading clinical academic expertise in stroke, cardiovascular disease and brain imaging.

Forming a core part of the new Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC), the project will also house research facilities for the University of Glasgow and Collaborative Industry Partners.

The facility aims to promote collaboration between both organisations and the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, who own the site.

The design proposal for the 2011m² site includes a woven stainless steel mesh on the exterior.

A theatre suite is to be located on level one of the building, providing an essential upgrade to the existing theatre suite on level one of the Institute of Neurological Sciences.

The floor will be occupied by the NHS and will house four theatres, which will form part of an extensive refurbishment of the overall INS theatre suite, to bring the current facilities in line with current space standards.

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