Architect on board for new University of Glasgow engineering building

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GLOBAL architecture company Woods Bagot has been appointed to design and deliver the University of Glasgow’s new engineering building.

The new building, which will house the university’s School of Engineering, is part of a £1 billion campus development programme that is redeveloping the 14-acare site of the former Western Infirmary in the west end of Glasgow.

As well as offering teaching spaces and laboratories, the vision for student learning in the new building focuses on a large, dynamic ‘Creativity Lab’. This will accommodate workshops, along with advanced visualisation and data analysis, and aims to gives students a space where they can develop as creative engineers, engage with industry, grow student-led engineering outreach and build teams for international engineering competitions.

The building, described by the University of Glasgow as a “living laboratory”, will be driven by ‘smart building’ and ‘smart campus’ technologies.

Margaret Lucas, professor of ultrasonics at the University of Glasgow, who leads the project, said, “Glasgow is renowned for engineering innovation, and the discoveries made here have shaped the world around us for centuries. This is now an opportunity to change how we do engineering at the University of Glasgow, and create our future world-shaping engineering heritage.

“Our vision is a building that not only supports world-class learning and teaching, but is also a collaborative and creative space, helping to drive discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship for our students, staff and wider community.

“Working with the team at Woods Bagot is an exciting collaboration for us, to develop a new unique and iconic home for Engineering at the University of Glasgow.”

Woods Bagot principal, Jonathan Leah added, “We are delighted to be collaborating with the University of Glasgow and its passionate and engaged group of stakeholders to provide user-centric solutions that address the Engineering Building’s needs now and well into the future.”