Royal College Building

Royal College Building

We’re preserving the University’s heritage by continuing investing in the iconic Royal College building. We’re improving accessibility, safety and way-finding in and around the building, and creating new state-of-the-art lab and office spaces to provide an enhanced learning and working environment for Strathclyde students and staff.


We’re making the Royal College building more accessible and inclusive

Over the next year, a rolling programme of lift replacements will take place, as four lifts in the building will be replaced one at a time. We’re replacing the lift located in the front of the building, making changes in the George Street reception and introducing a new ramp to create level access to the building to ensure the main entrance is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

We’ve started work on improving signage in the building to make it easier for staff and students to find their way around the building. We’ve also created a new ramp between James Weir and Royal College buildings to create an improved accessible route between the two buildings.

Furthermore, we’re increasing the number of toilet facilities in the building, including accessible gender-neutral, male and female toilets in all floors. To support staff who walk, run, cycle or scoot to work, we’re increasing the number of shower facilities, including disabled access showers. The new shower facilities will be available to use this spring.


Students talking and studying
Safety matters

The building will also see the installation of new fire doors and an evacuation lift, a number of window replacements, lath and plaster ceiling safety “tap tests” and localised ceiling repairs. All these changes will help us improve student and staff safety in the building. This winter, we’ll also be upgrading the external lighting, which will show the beautiful building in its best light.


Supporting innovative research

Electronic & Electrical Engineering refurbishment programme will continue in the building. One of these projects will see the creation of a collaborative hub combining advanced robotics and sensing, supporting next generation training, research and innovation. The new research and teaching labs will enhance the student experience and promote research excellence. These exciting projects are expected to be completed late autumn.


Last updated: 31 January 2020