University to construct new Postgraduate Teaching Hub and Business School building

Published: 20 January 2020

£86 million investment in PGT student experience and Adam Smith Business School.

The University of Glasgow has approved plans for a major new development which will create a unique hub for its Postgraduate Taught (PGT) student community and house the Adam Smith Business School.

The £86 million development, designed by HASSELL, will include modern and collaborative learning and teaching facilities for PGT students. It will also allow the Adam Smith Business School to continue to grow and deliver world class learning, teaching and research, and an enhanced student experience.

This is the fourth major new building to be delivered through the University’s £1 billion Campus Development Programme, which is redeveloping the site of the former Western Infirmary in Glasgow’s West End. Construction will begin in July and is expected to complete in 2022.

The new building will be located on the site's southern boundary, on Dumbarton Road and adjacent to Kelvingrove Museum and Kelvin Hall. The surrounding area will be extensively landscaped to create a welcoming and accessible gateway onto the expanded campus.

Prof Sir Anton Muscatelli

Professor John Finch, Head of the Adam Smith Business School, said: “The new development will build on the legacy of pioneering thinker Adam Smith. It will create spaces for analytical, entrepreneurial and sustainable learning, teaching and research, driven by our academics’ curiosity, and address challenges internationally and locally in business, organisations and the economy.

“It will increase scope for cross-disciplinary collaboration, creating inspiring spaces which facilitate innovation and support our students in their learning and teaching within and beyond their degree programmes.

“The unique Postgraduate Teaching Hub will accommodate growth and will mean we can place business skills at the very heart of our PGT student experience, enhancing employability and adding value to a wide range of programmes across the University.”

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “This is exciting news and will mean the University can continue to meet the changing needs and expectations of our students, enhancing employability and leadership skills, whilst positively influencing career destinations.

“It will be transformative for the Adam Smith Business School, supporting its ambition to become one of the world’s leading business schools, whilst revolutionising the PGT student experience across the campus.”

HASSELL Principal, Julian Gitsham, said “This is a fantastic demonstration of the University of Glasgow’s commitment to creating world-class facilities for tomorrow’s business leaders.

“The new building will form a gateway between the city’s cultural quarter and the new campus square, and embody both the University’s long-standing civic partnership and its cutting-edge modern architecture. 

“Through outstanding teaching, research and creative workplaces for students, academics and staff, the new school will facilitate industry and academic collaborations, and drive research and innovation.”

Images available via Dropbox please credit HASSELL / Imigo.

The Adam Smith Business School has the triple crown of accreditation and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). The School’s programmes are consistently ranked by the Financial Times, QS and The Economist.

This is the fourth major development to be constructed through the University of Glasgow’s £1 billion Campus Development Programme.

HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them - the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging.

First published: 20 January 2020

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