Campus Development Framework, University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow
Glasgow, West End
A new urban education setting; connecting communities
We were commissioned in 2013 to lead a multi-disciplinary team in the evolution of a Campus Development Framework for the University of Glasgow’s Gilmorehill campus in the heart of the west-end of the city.
The study considered the next stage of the University’s evolution, responding to their Strategic Plan ‘Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision’, considering the principles of urban expansion across the Western Infirmary site – a site that had been acquired by the University. The study considered an holistic approach to placemaking across the campus as a whole, integrating the Western Infirmary site into a coherent open space and development framework, connecting the campus internally as well as with its surrounding neighbourhood.
The process of evolving the Campus Development Framework involved extensive stakeholder and public consultation, as well as detailed discussion and debate with Glasgow City Council and the relevant statutory bodies. The result was the agreement of a plan that defined a clear vision and set of core urban design principles to guide the evolution of future development across the campus.
The Development Framework was formally approved by Glasgow City Council in June 2014, thus becoming material consideration for the development of a detailed site masterplan and subsequent individual planning applications to come forward for the site.
Throughout the process of the preparation of this Campus Development Framework a Heritage Sub-Group of the main joint Council/ University Steering Group (comprising Glasgow City Council, Historic Scotland, the University and the University’s consultants) met to clarify and reach agreement on the best context for dealing with the listed buildings on the Western Infirmary site. These discussions also included consideration of the relationship of buildings and structures which are not listed but which relate to the listed buildings.
The ‘Estates Conservation Strategy’, prepared by Simpson & Brown in 2012 in consultation with the City Council and Historic Scotland, was an important resource for the sub-group in its capacity as the University’s approved strategy document on conservation matters across the Gilmorehill campus – including the Western Infirmary site. A key purpose of the Campus Development Framework was to provide a clear and agreed framework for the future consideration of any development proposals which affect listed buildings. The framework set out within the CDF reflects an understanding on a process of joint working which has emerged from the Heritage Sub-Group. It takes account of the ‘Assessing Significance & Conservation Statements’ that was developed in consultation with Historic Scotland and Glasgow City Council.