City’s £1bn learn­ing hub

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - News -

A £1bil­lion plan to turn a former hospi­tal site into a univer­sity learn­ing hub has been given the green light.

Glas­gow Univer­sity an­nounced last year it plans to trans­form the 14-acre site of the old West­ern In­fir­mary to ex­tend its Gil­more­hill cam­pus in what is de­scribed as one of the largest ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­op­ments in Scot­land.

The first stage of work will see £430mil­lion spent over five years on the cre­ation of a re­search and in­no­va­tion hub, and new build­ings for arts, health, busi­ness and chem­istry de­part­ments.

The pro­pos­als, which havenow­been ap­proved in prin­ci­ple by the city coun­cil, would see new pub­lic routes and a cen­tral square link­ing to Byres Road, and com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties in the form of restau­rants, bars and a ho­tel.

The se­cond phase would see work start in 2023 on a newengi­neer­ing cen­tre, an “in­no­va­tion quar­ter” to en­gage with lo­cal in­dus­try and a build­ing for re­search into chronic dis­eases.

The univer­sity moved fromHighStreet inthe east end to Gil­more­hill in 1870 as part of plans to have a learn­ing hub and teach­ing hospi­tal side by side.

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