Design Awards 2015
City of Glasgow College - Riverside Campus
Reiach and Hall Architects / MLA
Winner: Design Award
The riverside campus for the City of Glasgow College is the first completed section of one of the largest estates developments in the education sector in Europe. On completion of the two campuses, they will be home to more than 40,000 students of 130 nationalities and to 1,200 members of staff offering the broadest range of courses and levels of any college in Britain.
The buildings at the riverside campus are the result of a combination of ideas about the city and about the student experience.
The site occupies a key gateway in the city, at the South West Corner of the Albert Bridge, marking a major crossing over the Clyde from the south side. The new building deliberately engages this crossing point with considerable scale – it becomes a gatekeeper marking the crossing point and creating a new memorable civic landmark.
The buildings are organised round two new civic spaces – a cloistered garden and a grand hall. These are convivial social spaces to encourage students to mix and realise opportunities for blended learning across disciplines. These internal and external rooms have dramatic views across the city and are visually engaged with the city campus under construction on Cathedral Street at the top of the city’s skyline.
Specialist facilities include a working ship’s engine, cross-discipline project bases to encourage blended learning, an innovative multi discipline engineering hall, a ship’s bridge simulation suite, alongside generic teaching/learning/support spaces. The building is highly technology enabled, with activated circulation designed as an integrated learning landscape.