Place: campus

Inspiring and transformative environments

The next five years will bring about the most significant development of our estate in over a century as we begin a £775m programme of investment. Whether at Gilmorehill, Garscube, Dumfries or overseas, our aim is the same; we want to create forward-looking, cohesive settings that inspire us and transform the way we live, learn and work together.

Inspiring places

Our physical environment must reflect our strategic vision. We will construct:

  • Visionary buildings which inspire learning, discovery and social interaction.
  • Fit-for-purpose facilities which enable us to learn and work together in both small teams and large-scale interdisciplinary endeavours.
  • Open, inviting spaces which encourage public engagement with our work.

Sustainable spaces

We want to do justice to the beauty, legacy and utility of our surrounding areas. We will:

  • Respect and reflect the heritage, environment and communities around us.
  • Hold ourselves to rigorous standards of environmentally friendly and socially responsible construction.
  • Operate in a sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Inviting surroundings

We want our campuses to be welcoming, secure and comfortable environments for all. We will:

  • Ensure sufficient and suitable space for study and social/recreational activity alongside our core facilities.
  • Create a balance between open, unconfined public spaces and calm, secure and private areas for study and reflection.
  • Prioritise accessibility and inclusivity in the design of new builds and redeveloped sites.
  • Carbon footprint: 39kT

We will reduce our CO2 emissions to less than 39kT by 2020.

  • Effective use of estate: 8th

We will design and build an efficient estate such that our income per m2 of space will be at least 8th in the Russell Group.