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Campus to cost uni £300mCampus to cost uni £300m (Evening Times)
ONE of Scotland's leading universities has unveiled a £300million estates plan
that will transform its city centre campus by 2020.
The proposals by Strathclyde University in Glasgow will see four new buildings
and the extensive refurbishment of others.
The student union building on John Street will be disposed of, while the
university also plans to vacate several buildings currently leased from Glasgow
City Council along George Street.
The proposals to cut the size of Strathclyde's estate by 40% will be funded
by capital grants from the Scottish Funding Council, borrowing, money from
the university's own income, and proceeds from the sell-off of land and
Strathclyde has already announced plans to sell off its Jordanhill site in the
West End of Glasgow. The current financial climate has forced a delay in the
sale, but the university still intends to leave Jordanhill by 2012.
Academic staff and students have questioned the proposed sale of the union
building without a like-for-like replacement, while others ask why the university
is spending so much money on buildings when it is cutting up to 140 jobs.
Re: Campus to cost uni £300m£350m campus is on track (Evening Times)
Strathclyde Uni plan is given green light.
A £350 million scheme to transform the campus of Strathclyde University have
been given the final go ahead.
The 15-year plan, which has led to some controversy, will see the development
of four distinct academic quarters.
This will enable staff in the engineering, business, science, humanities and social
sciences departments to collaborate more closely on pioneering research and
Students will benefit from a new sports and health centre, which will open in
2012, and a “one stop shop” for student services will be created in the McCance
Building on Richmond Street by 2014. Additional investment is also planned
for a new building for the Students’ Association.
The investment is designed to help attract business and industry to the city.
University bosses are also holding talks about a new technology and innovation
centre, which will enable small firms and global companies to work side-by-side
with top graduates and research experts.
Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde said: “This
investment will create first-class facilities for our staff, students and partners.
“We’re delighted that our governing body has endorsed the campus plans and
work is already underway to make them a reality.”
There were protests when the £350m shake-up was first revealed in June this