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Exclusive: Two firms shortlisted for £1bn Gilmorehill Campus expansion for University of Glasgow

Two major contractors have been shortlisted for the University of Glasgow’s £1bn Gilmorehill campus expansion, Construction News can reveal.

It is understood that Lendlease and Multiplex are going head-to-head for the university’s 10-year £1bn expansion, which is the largest in its history.

Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine were also initially interested in the project but have since dropped out, leaving Lendlease and Multiplex to battle it out.

The 10-year programme will see the university build a new campus on the 5.7 ha site, which was formerly the site of the Western Infirmary.

It will include six new academic buildings for social sciences, the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and the college of science and engineering.

There is also potential commercial development as part of the project, including a hotel, restaurant, bars and cafes.

Works will include the refurbishment of five listed buildings and will create an estimated 2,500 jobs over the course of the project.

Consultant Faithful + Gould was picked as the programme manager for the project in March this year, while Sweett Group was appointed to deliver quantity surveying services in May.

The university also selected WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Hok Architects to develop plans for its new £40m research facility on the campus.

The University of Glasgow and Multiplex declined to comment. Lendlease has been contacted for comment.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Craig Hatton

    Dear CN

    It is so positive to read about all of these new projects! However, it is often so difficult to make contact with the key decision-makers. My company could save all of the contractors so much money with material purchases, but many do not want to explore these opportunities! I can only assume that their profit margins are so high that they don't worry about saving 10-15%!!!! Happy Days indeed!!

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