Strathclyde takes ownership of city streets from council as part of Heart of the Campus plans

Artist impression of Heart of the Campus project

The University of Strathclyde has acquired ownership of three city centre streets which are set to be transformed as part of its Heart of the Campus development plans.

Glasgow City Council transferred North Portland Street, Rottenrow and Richmond Street to the University at no cost which will be prioritised for pedestrians as part of the wider improvement plans.

These plans will also see provision of a covered walkway through Rottenrow Gardens, the creation of seating and performance space, raised walkways, regrading of the gardens, and planting of flowers and trees.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “We will transform Rottenrow Gardens and surrounding area into an accessible and innovative set of spaces, which will enhance the student experience and improve the University’s connectivity with the surrounding community.

In accordance with our commitment to use our assets to benefit the local community, the Heart of the Campus project will be people-oriented and collaborative. Inclusion and accessibility for all of Glasgow’s diverse population will be central to this development, creating cleaner, safer, pedestrian- and cycle-friendly spaces.”

Councillor Franny Scally, Chair of Glasgow City Council’s Contracts and Property Committee, said: "The transfer of this site – lying at the heart of the University of Strathclyde’s campus – will allow public realm, greenspace and active travel works to take place there.  This will bring significant environmental and social benefits to everyone using the University campus and this part of the city centre."