INFRASTRUCTURE

SES Engineering lands University of Glasgow learning hub contract

SOURCE: University of Glasgow
Rendering of the planned Learning Hub at the University of Glasgow.

SES Engineering secured a contract to work on the University of Glasgow’s brand new £90 million (US$118 million) learning hub, due for completion towards the end of 2020.

The international specialist, appointed by main contractor Multiplex Construction Europe, will install the full range of mechanical, electrical and public health services in the 16,640 sq metre building.

“SES is delighted to be given this opportunity to work with Multiplex on a building which marks the start of such programme of investment for the University of Glasgow,” SES’ business director North and Scotland, Steve Joyce, said in a statement.

“I look forward to forging a strong working relationship with the main contractor and wider project team which will ensure that we meet the build programme.”

The James McCune Smith Learning Hub – named after the American physician who graduated in 1837 as the first African-American to receive a medical degree – will cater for more than 2,500 students, taking learning to the next level.

On top of its flexible open learning space, the new facility provides technology-enabled teaching resources, five lecture theatres, interactive teaching spaces, and several seminar and group study spaces.

The building is slated for completion in time for the start of the 2020/2021 academic year. Given the short timeframe, SES will be utilising its highly efficient offsite manufacturing capability whilst applying its tried and tested just-in-time delivery approach.

This is the first project to be delivered as part of the university’s wider £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) Campus Development Programme.

The University of Glasgow is going to be a client to watch for any hungry contractors, with several large-scale projects in the pipeline.

A brand new £113 million (US$148 million) Research Hub is planned at the heart of the western campus. It will house close to 600 academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students working across five specific themes.

The centre will also be open to the wider community, making it a forum for knowledge exchange and public engagement.

The College of Arts is also getting a new home with the first phase of construction slated for 2022. And the Adam Smith Business School will be relocating to a modern, purpose-built facility in late 2021.

In addition to these new builds, the university is also carrying out a £34 million refurbishment of the iconic Joseph Black Building, and will be investing £70 million in infrastructure to connect new buildings and create new civic spaces for Glasgow centre.