University of Strathclyde Learning and Teaching facility, Glasgow

We have successfully delivered a new £60 million learning and teaching facility, linking two of the University’s existing buildings with a new build element to create a facility fit for the 21st century.

We delivered the refurbishment and extension of the existing Grade II listed Architecture building and the neighbouring Colville building. Our works involved linking the two together with a new-build element to create a modern teaching space which also celebrated the original architecture. Our in-house specialists, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, provided the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new state-of-the-art learning hub.

The new facilities include a large-scale teaching space, a learning village for individual study, student facing support services and a modern, purpose-built accommodation for the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association.  

Helping our customer deliver net zero

The main objective for this scheme was to make a virtue of the existing buildings. Opting for refurbishment over building completely from scratch, we have helped to reduce costs, ensured that the facility was in the most useful and central location and have reduced embodied carbon by 67%.


Carbon reduction by choosing refurbishment over new build


Raised for charities

Delivering sustainable solutions

To help the University meet their sustainability targets and to implement some nature-based solutions, a green roof solution was specified in the scope of works. We worked collaboratively with the design team to explore options from design through to installation and today the roof provides a range of benefits including a reduction in the building’s energy consumption, lower air pollution and improved wellbeing.

Community benefits delivered

Through the project, the team worked closely with the University to deliver multiple benefits for students and the local community, this included:

  • 56% local spend (within 40 miles of the project site)
  • 90 bags of food donated to local food banks
  • £10,313 raised for charities
  • Engagement with 676 higher education students
  • Work experience (both face-to-face and virtual)
  • Six local school visits