University of Glasgow approves new postgraduate teaching hub and business school building
The University of Glasgow has approved plans to create a unique hub for its Postgraduate Taught (PGT) student community and house the Adam Smith Business School.
Designed by Hassell Studio, the £86 million development will include modern and collaborative learning and teaching facilities for PGT students. It will also allow the Adam Smith Business School to continue to grow and deliver world-class learning, teaching and research, and an enhanced student experience.
The project is the fourth major new building to be delivered through the University’s £1 billion Campus Development Programme, which is redeveloping the site of the former Western Infirmary in Glasgow’s West End.
The new building will be located on the site’s southern boundary, on Dumbarton Road and adjacent to Kelvingrove Museum and Kelvin Hall. The surrounding area will be extensively landscaped to create a welcoming and accessible gateway onto the expanded campus.
Professor John Finch, head of the Adam Smith Business School, said: “The new development will build on the legacy of pioneering thinker Adam Smith. It will create spaces for analytical, entrepreneurial and sustainable learning, teaching and research, driven by our academics’ curiosity, and address challenges internationally and locally in business, organisations and the economy.
“It will increase scope for cross-disciplinary collaboration, creating inspiring spaces which facilitate innovation and support our students in their learning and teaching within and beyond their degree programmes.
“The unique Postgraduate Teaching Hub will accommodate growth and will mean we can place business skills at the very heart of our PGT student experience, enhancing employability and adding value to a wide range of programmes across the University.”
Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “This is exciting news and will mean the University can continue to meet the changing needs and expectations of our students, enhancing employability and leadership skills, whilst positively influencing career destinations.
“It will be transformative for the Adam Smith Business School, supporting its ambition to become one of the world’s leading business schools, whilst revolutionising the PGT student experience across the campus.”
Hassell principal, Julian Gitsham, added: “This is a fantastic demonstration of the University of Glasgow’s commitment to creating world-class facilities for tomorrow’s business leaders.
“The new building will form a gateway between the city’s cultural quarter and the new campus square, and embody both the University’s long-standing civic partnership and its cutting-edge modern architecture.
“Through outstanding teaching, research and creative workplaces for students, academics and staff, the new school will facilitate industry and academic collaborations, and drive research and innovation.”
Construction will begin in July and is expected to complete in 2022.
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