The University of Strathclyde has submitted plans to transform areas of their campus in Glasgow – with a ‘pedestrian-first’ at heart – which forms part of their £1bn masterplan.

The plans will see the University overhaul Rottenrow Gardens which they purposes in 2011 and surrounding streets. The University aims to create a vibrant and inclusive city centre space which enhances the with plans including:

  • New covered walkway through the gardens
  • Seating and performance space
  • Pedestrian prioritisation at Rottenrow, North Portland Street and Richmond Street

The University of Strathclyde are speaking on our Building Zero Carbon Britain Conference as they take a sustainable approach to their £1bn estate masterplan.

Several areas included in the plans are currently owned by Glasgow City Council – but to make the campus pedestrian first the University is seeking to takeover small sections of footway.

The planning application submitted to Glasgow City Council states: “The redevelopment will provide the University and wider public with a place of refuge during a busy day, a place to socialise, hold events, and it will be a distinct place which responds to a unique topography and the heritage of its location. The Heart of the Campus project will specifically improve the visual appeal and biodiversity of the University’s surroundings and create an engaging campus where students will want to stay.”

The University says that the development will enhance the student learning and teaching experience by incorporating ‘smart features’ including Wi-Fi and new seating and shelter from both rain and sun.