City’s £1bn learning hub
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.