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Bam, Laing O'Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine in chase for £200m Glasgow campus

Bam, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine consortias have been shortlisted to build the new £200 million City of Glasgow campus.

In November 2011 nine consortia placed formal applications to qualify to tender for the opportunity to design and construct the £200 million campus – one of Scotland’s largest infrastructure investment projects.

The final shortlist has now been unveiled with a BAM PPP; Laing O’Rourke-led GP4L and Sir Robert McAlpine-led Glasgow Learning Quarter consortia in the running. A preferred bidder will be appointed early in 2013 with construction due to start the following summer.

Each bidding team will now start to prepare detailed designs and commercial teams for the next stage of bidding. The investment will see state-of-the-art buildings constructed on existing college land in Glasgow’s city centre at Cathedral Street and at Thistle Street on the banks of the River Clyde within the next four years.

The project is financially and strategically supported by the Scottish Funding Council and The College Project Team is working closely with the Scottish Futures Trust to deliver the project using the Scottish Government’s Non-Profit Distributing procurement model.

Glasgow College principal of city Paul Little said: “We were delighted with the calibre of submissions received from many of the top players in the construction industry and we are now particularly pleased to have three excellent consortia to work with for this next phase of the project.

“This is an exciting time for the college as we begin to realise the prospect of a landmark new campus for City of Glasgow College which will enhance the learning experiences of many thousands of students in Glasgow for many generations to come.“

Scottish Funding Council chief executive Mark Batho added: “The scale of this project means that its delivery is a key part of our programme of supporting modern, well-designed and inspiring campuses for the next generation of learners across Scotland.

“The City of Glasgow College is making excellent progress towards achieving everyone’s ambitions for this investment and I welcome this latest milestone.” 

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