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Architect needed for £41m overhaul of Strathclyde’s former architecture school

University of Strathclyde - the school of architecture's purpose built home (1967)
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The University of Strathclyde is looking for an architect for a £41 million revamp of its Architecture Building and Colville Building in central Glasgow

The winning project manager-led integrated design team will draw up plans to transform the two landmark buildings on the university’s John Anderson Campus into a new student hub, to be called The Place. 

The project will refurbish the Grade B-listed Architecture Building (pictured) and see the neighbouring Colville Building stripped back and fully redeveloped. It will also add a link building connecting the two 1960s structures.

According to the brief: ‘This exciting, bold and innovative project will deliver a transformational change in student experience in the very heart of the John Anderson campus. It will provide outstanding teaching and learning facilities and a “one-stop-shop” for student services, and incorporate accommodation for the University of Strathclyde Student Association.

‘The Place will provide a focal point for students in a vibrant student-centred welcoming environment reinforcing the students’ sense of community and belonging, where students can decide when, where and how they would prefer to study in a contemporary and high-quality environment.’

The university, founded in 1796, has around 21,000 students and 3,200 staff on its central Glasgow campus close to George Square. The Architecture Building was designed by Frank Fielden and Associates, and when it opened in 1967 was the first purpose-built structure of its kind to have been built in the UK within three decades.

Three years ago the university’s controversial decision to move its school of architecture out of the much-loved 1960s building on North Portland Street was criticised by former tutors and students.

The Place redevelopment project aims to deliver a flexible ‘non-departmental’ space for all students in the centre of the landscaped campus. It will include a multi-purpose events and exhibitions space, catering facilities, social spaces, a new student union and open plan accommodation for up to 384 staff.

Music practice studios, meeting rooms, a 250-seat lecture theatre, a security office, classrooms and storage areas will also be delivered. The whole project is set to complete in  2021. 

Bids for the contract will be assessed 30 per cent on price and 70 per cent on quality. Applicants must have had an annual turnover of at least £8 million over the last three years.

Employer’s liability insurance cover of £10 million, public liability insurance of £10 million and professional indemnity insurance worth £10 million will also be required.

The deadline for applications is noon, 13 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Lauren Leitch
University of Strathclyde
181 St James Road
Estates Management
G4 0NT

Tel: +44 1415484310
Email: lauren.leitch@strath.ac.uk

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