Five shortlisted for Glasgow supercampus

02 Jun 2009

New Campus Glasgow Ltd has finalised the shortlist of 5 architect-led design teams who will develop a £300 million integrated campus over 2 sites for the 50,000 students and 2,000 staff of Glasgow's 4 city centre colleges - Central, Metropolitan, Nautical and Stow.

Still in the running - and down from a long-list of almost 50 teams who submitted pre-qualification questionnaires- are the following (for details see 'notes to editors'):

 Archial (formerly SMC Group)
 Atkins (with Michael Laird Partnership)
 BDP
 Hopkins (with Bennetts)
 RMJM (with Frank Gehry)

 "The response has been tremendous and this made the shortlisting process extremely difficult." said Peter Jennett, Property Strategy Director.  "We have a rare and privileged opportunity: to deliver landmark developments at such important sites in the heart of the City.  We are thrilled to be taking the project forward into this important next phase".

The brief for the successful team will be for a design that delivers on a number of fronts:

Impact: create buildings on a scale and style that inspire, enhance profile, and make a positive contribution to Glasgow's urban landscape

Cost: whole life value for money, good use of space, efficient

Functional: easy to access, easy to navigate, fit for purpose

Flexible: future proofed - able to grow, contract and adapt

Sustainable: environmentally, socially and economically

Deliverable: buildable and managed in a manner that protects  'business as usual'during the development period.

 "The co-location project will see existing college buildings demolished, sold on or refurbished," said Iain Marley, Programme Director.  "Landmark new buildings will emerge on existing college sites: City Campus on north Cathedral Street - current home of Central and Metropolitan's old 'Food Tech' building; and Riverside Campus on Thistle Street and the Clyde - current home of Glasgow College of Nautical Studies."

The 4 colleges will share premises and services across the two sites and continue business as usual during the construction period which will begin in 2011.  The successful architect-led design team is due to begin work in June 2009. 

  • Aerial view of Riverside campus as existing