University of Strathclyde submits plans to transform Rottenrow Gardens

THE University of Strathclyde has submitted plans to transform the Rottenrow Gardens at their John Anderson Campus and surrounding streets.

Dubbed ‘The Heart of the Campus’ project, the university said that the development is driven by a ‘strategic ambition’ to provide ‘outstanding’ student experience supported by the transformation of the campus.

With Richmond Street and North Portland Street included in the plans for pedestrianisation, the university added that the project will look to improve the ‘visual appeal and biodiversity’ of the university’s surroundings and create an ‘engaging’ campus where students will want to stay.

In partnership with the City of Glasgow College (CoGC) and Glasgow City Council, the university has secured Sustrans Places for Everyone Funding to create a ‘people first’ pedestrian led environment – allowing for footways and better links with existing communities and tourist attractions, such as Drygate, the Necropolis and Glasgow Cathedral.

The proposed work within the Rottenrow Gardens will see the addition of a plaza that provides an accessible entrance to the university’s learning and teaching building, as well as connecting the area to the sculpture gardens.

Stantec will be project leads on the development, RaeburnFarquharBowen the creative lead, the quantity surveyor being Armour, and Pick Everard as lighting consultant.