University Of Glasgow New Campus

University Of Glasgow New Campus

University of Glasgow gets green light for £1 billion expansion project

The University of Glasgow has been given the green light to launch one the biggest educational expansion projects in the country.

On Thursday town hall chiefs granted planning permission for a £1 billion expansion in the city’s West End, on the site of a former hospital.

 The expansion project will see a new business school, learning hub and research facility built over the next decade.

Professor Anton Muscatelli, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the university, said: “We are delighted that Glasgow City Council has endorsed our ambitious plan which we believe will be a major economic driver for the city and for Scotland as well as underpin this university’s world-leading position.

University Of Glasgow New Campus

Artist's impression of learning and teaching hub
Artist’s impression of learning and teaching hub CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

“The decision to approve the masterplan is pivotal to allowing us to start this development. An initial financial envelope of around £430m will be spent over the next five years on the first phase of the project.

“It is part of a wider £1bn investment which includes significant spend on refurbishing and improving the existing estate. “This will be one of the biggest educational infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history and is certainly the biggest development undertaken by this University since it moved to Gilmorehill 150 years ago.”

The university moved from High Street to the Gilmorehill site in 1870 as part of plans to have a teaching centre and hospital side by side so the hospital could be used for clinical instruction and research.

A clause was signed stating that if the hospital, which opened in 1874, ever ceased to operate then the university could buy back the site, which it did last year for £40 million.