Minister tours Learning & Teaching Building construction site

Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, with Professor Scott MacGregor, Vice-Principal of the University of Strathclyde, with Graham Forsyth, Project Manager, University of Strathclyde at the Learning & Teaching Building site.

Richard Lochhead, the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, took the opportunity to see the progress being made on the construction of Strathclyde’s new £60M Learning & Teaching Building when he visited the University.

Mr Lochhead toured the building with Dr Mike Cantlay of the Scottish Funding Council which awarded a £10M loan from its Financial Transactions programme to support the project.

The SFC has announced £60M of new low-interest loan funding for capital upgrades and projects for universities, aimed at improving student experiences or carbon footprint reduction.

Positive impact

Scheduled to open in 2020, the Learning & Teaching Building will incorporate the University’s former Colville and Architecture Buildings at North Portland Street and Rottenrow, bringing together new learning and teaching spaces, student support services and the University of Strathclyde Student Association (USSA) in a purpose-designed facility.

Mr Lochhead said: “The University of Strathclyde’s Learning and Teaching building is just one example of the many projects made possible with funding from the Financial Transactions programme. I am impressed that the project is already having a positive impact on students at the university, with engineering students receiving mentoring on-site.

The £60 million funding announced today for 2019-20 will facilitate further development of university campuses across Scotland and I look forward to seeing this take shape.”

Professor Scott MacGregor, Vice-Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “The £60M Learning and Teaching Building project emphasises the continuing importance we place on providing a first-class experience for our students and represents the single-largest capital investment in our campus to date and forms part of our £1 billion estate development programme to 2022/23.

“The support we’ve received through the SFC’s Financial Transactions programme is greatly appreciated and this is being committed to not only enhancing the student experience but also to improving the environmental sustainability of our campus and the fabric of this part of the city centre.”

Work began on the building in late 2018 and is expected to be completed by summer 2020.