University Of Glasgow Western Infirmary

University Of Glasgow Western Infirmary


The University has taken possession of the former Western Infirmary site: a significant milestone for the University which will enable the proposed £1 billion investment in the Gilmorehill campus.

The masterplan for the former Western Infirmary site, which covers 14 acres, includes:

  • The creation of a Research and Innovation Hub housing large-scale, inter-disciplinary projects and incubator space for spin-out collaborations with industry, which should support economic development in the West End;
  • Public routes and a new central square which will link Byres Road to the up-and-coming cultural quarter for the West End, with new links to Kelvingrove and the newly-refurbished Kelvin Hall. These link will be reinforced by a new-build for the College of Arts;
  • New buildings for Social Sciences, the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and the College of Science and Engineering;
  • Commercial opportunities, including a hotel, restaurant, bars and cafes which will also ensure that the five listed buildings on the site have a new and valuable use.

University Of Glasgow Western Infirmary

The campus project, one of the biggest education developments in Scotland, will see an estimated investment of £1 billion over 10 years – higher than the public investment in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is anticipated that 2,500 jobs will be created during the construction period.

Western Infirmary

There has been extensive consultation regarding proposals for the site and the views of the University and the West end communities have been taken into consideration in the development of the masterplan.

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “Since the University moved to Gilmorehill in 1870, we have developed a number of iconic buildings, including, of course, the Gilbert Scott Building. The facilities we built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries provided a fantastic environment for University of Glasgow researchers, who won seven Nobel prizes and many other accolades. We hope to use the new site as a catalyst to attract and grow the very best academics, to attract the very best students and to ensure that Glasgow continues to be one of the top universities in the world.”