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Competition: Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow

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The University of Glasgow has relaunched its search for an architect to create a £28 million home for the Adam Smith Business School (ASBS)

The winner of the estimated £2.8 million contract will draw up plans for a landmark building overlooking Byres Road and featuring the existing façade of a Grade C-listed former pathology building designed by JJ Burnett in 1896.

The 8,000m² project is the latest part of the university’s £1 billion regeneration and expansion onto the 5.6ha site of the former Western Infirmary, masterplanned by AECOM and 7N Architects (pictured above). A search for a team to relocate the business school inside the university’s Grade-A listed Gilbert Scott Building was abandoned last year following changes to the masterplan, which won outline planning last month.

According to the competition brief, the project will develop plans for creating an innovation quarter on Church Street to ensure that across the projects there is sufficient space for industry interaction and entrepreneurship.’

The Adam Smith Business School, named after the 18th-century economist and former chair of moral philosophy at the university, was set up in 1986 and now has more than 14,500 living alumni.

Its new home will feature office space, collaborative research clusters and additional space for university-wide post graduate teaching and research programmes.

The winning architect-led multi-disciplinary design team, set to be appointed in October, will develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 1 to 7 and will be novated to the university’s programme delivery partner from RIBA Stage 3 onwards. The work is planned to complete in 2021.

The latest announcement follows a range of appointments for projects on the university’s 31ha Gilmorehill Campus, which is expanding to include the former Glasgow Western Infirmary nearby.

Projects planned for the 5.6ha former hospital – earmarked for demolition later this year – include a £4 million Health and Social Sciences Institute by Atkins, and a £40 million Research Hub, which HOK won in January.

Five listed buildings on the site – the Chapel, Outpatients building, Macgregor building, Tennent Institute and Anderson College – will also be refurbished and converted for commercial uses including a hotel, restaurant, bars and cafés.

Outside the Western Infirmary site, HLM has drawn up plans for a new-build Learning and Teaching Hub on nearby University Avenue.

Plans for the new facility – which will be connected to the Brutalist Boyd Orr tower – were submitted for planning last April at the same time as the outline application for AECOM’s and 7N Architects’ campus-wide masterplan.

AECOM and 7N Architects won outline planning for their masterplan to redevelop the former Western Infirmary in the city’s West End last month. About £430 million will be spent on the project in the next five years as part of a wider £1 billion investment that includes refurbishments to the existing university estate.

The proposed new development involves selective demolition of existing buildings on the Western Infirmary site to make way for up to 65,000m² of teaching buildings and up to 17,000m² of research buildings. Phased construction could start this year, with all work estimated to be completed by 2035.

Last year the university launched a search for an architect to deliver a £150 million chemistry and engineering complex and a £31 million college of arts, but winners have yet to be announced.

The University of Glasgow relocated to Gilmorehill in 1870 from its original base close to the cathedral on the city’s historic high street. The university was handed possession of the former Western Infirmary site last year.

Iconic campus structures include the towering George Gilbert Scott-designed main building and William Whitfield’s 1968 university library.

Applicants for the latest contract must have a minimum average annual turnover of at least £5.4 million over the past three years, as well as employer’s liability insurance of £10 million, public liability insurance worth £10 million and professional indemnity insurance of £10 million.

The deadline for applications is noon, 3 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Iain Skene
University of Glasgow
Procurement Office
Tay House
G12 8QQ

Tel: +44 1413306908
Email: iain.skene@glasgow.ac.uk



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