Jordanhill development would create ‘construction jobs boost’

A proposed new residential development on the site of the former Jordanhill Campus in Glasgow would create scores of construction jobs and “significantly” boost the local economy, according to new research.

An economic impact assessment carried out by Peter Brett Associates has revealed that the estimated construction cost of the proposed development is £94 million. The report added that the project would take six years to build, supporting 1,002 person years of construction employment – the equivalent of 100 jobs.

The study formed part of a Matters Specified in Conditions planning application lodged with Glasgow City Council. Planning Permission in Principle was previously obtained by the University of Strathclyde, owners of the 31-acre site.

The proposals include the retention of the university’s Category B-listed David Stow building, which will be refurbished to offer luxury apartments. Two other buildings, Graham House and Douglas House, are also to be conserved and converted.

Jim McIntyre, managing director of CALA Homes (West), said, “Jordanhill Campus offers a fantastic opportunity to create much needed high quality homes in a desirable Glasgow location, which is currently derelict and is not adding value to the local community or the city. We now know it also has the potential to deliver 100 new construction jobs and support a further 95 jobs locally during the construction phase. That would be a real boost for job prospects in Glasgow, especially in the construction sector.

“Longer term, our proposals for Jordanhill Campus will help Glasgow to retain economically active people and protect council tax income to spend on public services across the wider city.”

The proposed development has been designed by architects 7N.