New North Glasgow College 2006-09-08Posted by clype in Glasgow, Humanities, Scotland.
This is the first glimpse of the state-of-the-art college soon to grace one of the city’s most deprived communities.
Designed by the prestigious team behind ‘The Scottish Parliament‘, the 30 million GBP building could put Springburn on the architectural map.
Work on the New North Glasgow College, which has 7 000 students, will begin within weeks and is expected to be completed in early 2008.
Built on a four-acre site just across the road from the college’s existing campus, which is now more than 40 years old, the five-storey building will be one of Scotland’s most modern teaching facilities complete with a fully equipped sports hall and conference facilities.
Two of Scotland’s leading firms in their field have been recruited to pull the project together, ‘Barr Construction‘ and ‘RMJM Architects‘. And college bosses have pledged that, with an open-door policy for the community, the campus could be a major catalyst in the regeneration of Springburn. Mr.Ronnie Knox, principal, said:
‘This is a very exciting time in the history of the college. I believe the new campus will be central to the whole regeneration of the area.
‘The design is iconic, sustainable and fit for the purpose of delivery of 21st century education and training — a community resource well overdue.’
Director of ‘RMJM Architects’ Mr.Paul Stallan, said:
‘The North Glasgow College project will have a hugely positive effect on the community it serves.
‘For young and old people the building will be a magnet for learning.
‘We have also detailed a generous public space that offers a new heart around which to rebuild the community, which has been blighted by economic and social upheaval.’
Chairman of ‘Barr Construction’ Mr.Anthony Rush, said:
‘Years of planning and effort have gone into getting this off the ground and we’re delighted to have been appointed principal contractor.
‘”North Glasgow College” is a community college with a proud history and we are looking forward to helping it realise its aspirations for what will be a truly magnificent campus.’
The college offers a range of full and part-time courses, from ‘Higher National Certificates’ and ‘Higher National Diplomas’ through to ‘City and Guilds’, Access and National Qualifications.
- ‘Stunning vision of city’s £30m new campus‘, Evening Times Newspaper, 2006-09-08