Glasgow University’s £90m learning hub nears completion

The building will be the first to open in the university’s £1bn campus development programme

The University of Glasgow’s £90.6m learning hub is nearing completion.

A topping out ceremony for the James McCune Smith Learning Hub – which is which is set to be completed in the next academic year – marks the final stages of the build.

The 1,6640m sq hub was designed by HLM Architects and will provide study space to over 2,500 students.

It will be the first facility to open in the university’s £1bn campus development programme.

James McCune Smith was an abolitionist and the first African American to be awarded a medical degree, receiving his MD from Glasgow in 1837.

The facility will include a 500-seat lecture theatre, technology-enhanced seminar rooms and multi-purpose advanced learning spaces which combine social areas with quiet, reflective study environments.

Once complete, this will be a fantastic new facility, enhancing our world-class learning and teaching credentials, and helping to inspire future generations of students and staff at the University of Glasgow – Prof Sir Anton Muscatelli

The university hopes the project will deliver a high-quality conference venue and cultural space for the West End community.

The campus development programme has three phases. The university also plans to refurbish the A-listed Joseph Black Building and build a £113m Research Hub, housing 600 academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

The Adam Smith Business School and College of Arts will also relocate to modern, purpose-built buildings.


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Prof Sir Anton Muscatelli, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor, said: “It’s tremendously exciting to see the progress being made on the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, and I would like to congratulate all our construction partners on their work to this point.

“Once complete, this will be a fantastic new facility, enhancing our world-class learning and teaching credentials, and helping to inspire future generations of students and staff at the University of Glasgow.”

Patrick Clark, project lead consultant at HLM Architects, said: “We listened to the ambitions of the university and were truly inspired by the user-group consultations; the research we gathered on the student experience was critical to our meaningful design approach. Our aim has been to develop a environment that is open, enjoyable and accessible for all, striving towards a world-leading educational facility for a world-changing University.”


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