7N, working in partnership with AECOM, were appointed to design a Campus Masterplan for the expansion of the University of Glasgow's Gilmorehill Campus, incorporating the former Western Infirmary site in the West End of the city. The masterplan builds on principles established by the Campus Development Framework, a policy document approved by both the University Court and Glasgow City Council.
The University of Glasgow’s vision for the future, defined in their strategic plan ‘Inspiring People, Changing the World University Strategy 2015-2020’, is the driving force behind the development of this masterplan. The Strategy recognises this critical moment in the University’s history as it embarks on significant investment in its campus and expansion to the former Western Infirmary site.
The People, Place and Purpose place-making principles, derived from the University Vision, have been blended with an analysis of how the University is organised to develop a spatial strategy that is the basis of the masterplan. The analysis has sought to rationalise the spatial spread of disciplines across the campus, looking to strengthen college clusters and important functional adjacencies.
The design approach for the Western Site has been based on the aspiration to create a vibrant and animated new quarter of the West End, with a new university square at its heart and active uses at ground level, to strengthen synergies and creative interaction between staff and students of each College and between the University and local communities.