First phases of University Avenue work complete

Issued: Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:53:00 BST

The first phases in the redevelopment of University Avenue will be completed tomorrow, on schedule and in time for the start of the new academic year. 

This involved the resurfacing of the road outside the University’s Main Gate and the construction of a new, wider, safer pedestrian crossing. The pavements on both sides of the road have been widened to better accommodate the high footfall this area receives.

Work will now move onto the third and fourth phases of the Avenue redevelopment, where a similar crossing will be constructed outside the new James McCune Smith Learning Hub. Again, this will involve installing temporary traffic management on University Avenue, with traffic being restricted to one-way through the works. These phases are expected to complete in February 2020.

The Main Gate will remain open for pedestrians and emergency vehicles only until at least the end of the year, with the current one-way system around the Main Building to be maintained.

During this time, work will begin to install a new drainage system in University Place. As part of this project, the street will be resurfaced with high quality granite finishes to create a new gateway for the Western campus. This work will be phased between now and the summer of 2021 and due for completion in time for the opening of the Clarice Pears Building. You can read more about University Place.

University Chief Operating Officer, Dr David Duncan, said: “When we began this project we recognised the need to improve the new crossing outside the Main Gate as a priority – I am pleased that, working with Glasgow City Council, we have delivered this work on programme and in time for the start of the new academic year.

“Thank you to everyone for their patience during this vital piece of infrastructure work, and for your ongoing support as we continue our work to develop and improve our campus.”