Completion date - Summer 2010 (Faculty of Education)
Strathclyde University propose substantial expansion across their Townhead estates. The first fruits of this program will emerge on the Cathedral/Taylor St intersection where existing surplus buildings will be demolished to make way for a new Biomedical facility bringing together a multi disciplinary team to tackle drug discovery and development, architecturally this will sit on an elevated glass podium interlinked with the existing John Arbuthnott Building via link bridges. This will rise opposite the planned Sports Centre featuring 25m pool, two halls, fitness suite, treatment rooms and a climbing wall adjacent to the existing Library.
Works in the longer term involve demolition of the 17 floor Livingstone Tower for a new McCance Building, the Faculty of Education is intended for either North Frederick Street or the City Science Park. A new "Front door" will rise on site of the old Rottenrow maternity Hospital facing a landscaped garden area and the existing Colville building is to be refurbished.
The annexe will house flexible teaching spaces and workshops for construction and engineering, learning resource space, dance and art studios, sports and fitness areas, catering facilities, and a 50 place nursery for staff and student childcare. In design the college employs similar usage of colour and drum signature feature to BDP's Motherwell College, being developed in tandem.
Clydebank College now stands complete upon the former John Brown Shipyard. Custom specification has been achieved through close liaison with College staff whilst extensive landscaping works see the Clyde reconnected to town by a sequence of squares, streets and walkways.
Close collaboration with end users has produced a College successful not only in efficient delivery of curriculum but in wider community engagement. Horizontal emphasis of teaching space encourages formation of new streetscape, perhaps compromised by ground level blockwork which falls below the standard attained in landscaping, but enlivened by bold feature atria delineating points of entry. Tenemental proportions foster a new urban context for the Titan Crane, re-engaging Clydebank with its forgotten docks and exposing the latent potential of river as tool for economic invigoration.
A school for children with severe sensory impairment is nearing completion at Bellahouston Park, the first in Europe to incorporate tactile, auditory and visual distinction between class areas.
The school occupies a self contained garden enviroment naturally sheltered from the outside world by working with the contours of the land and preserving existing tree cover, this blurring of traditional indoor/outdoor boundaries allows sunlight to penetrate classrooms through specially designed screens contributing to an open, less intimidating learning environment. The building eliminates harsh angular forms for a soft sweeping crescent, by occupying only the ground level the building is humanised, the stress of stairs and lifts are eliminated and teaching environments are brought closer to the gardens.
A design and build contract is to be signed for a purpose built teaching block, sports hall, music and drama building and nursery for Langside College. Public access to Mount Florida railway station is enhanced by new courtyards between buildings with existing structures demolished between construction phases. the site neighbours an under construction Victoria ACAD unit.
An undoubted enhancement of accommodation and facility is tempered by a muted palette of yellow tiling that does not exhibit the playfulness of character evident in the superior Clydebank College. An apparent steel mesh screening device is employed presumably for privacy aka 236 Clyde St but doesn't aid the creation of a welcoming environment, nor does the build engage with the important Battlefield Rd being segregated by landscaping and surface parking whilst a spartan brick finish to ground floor levels does not invite entry. Sport and Arts halls to the rear are utilitarian in appearance with extensive blue render though helping to reflect light and colour are unlikely to age gracefully. Public spaces are more successful in opening the site up to pedestrain activity and increasing the attractiveness of Mount Florida Station.
From clockwise the Newbery tower, foulis building and library in addition to the Bourdon building are all set to be demolished as the School of art upgrades its campus. Charles Rennie Mackintosh's landmark school will be refurbished.
College "Super" Campus
Cost - £150 million
Location - Cathedral Street and Thistle Street
Start date - 2008
Completion date - 2012
Plans are being drawn up to house an amalgamated college catering for some 46,000 students drawn from the College of Nautical Studies, Metropolitan College, Central College of Commerce and Stow College on a site at Cathedral Street between Strathclyde and Caledonian Universities. The Nautical Studies College will retain a presence at Thistle Street.