The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) acquired a 35-year lease on the three Eco Campus Buildings at Hamilton International Park, of circa 25,000sqm. The developer undertook the shell and core and Cat-A works together with the construction of a new street atrium to link the three buildings.
akp were appointed thereafter to undertake the Cat-B enhancement works and Cat-C fit out work which commenced in January 2018 with Practical Completion reached in August 2018. The fit out included a comprehensive specialist joinery package which was distributed across the new Eco Campus encompassing all three buildings – Carrick, Dunlee and Edzell.
Ian McEwan, akp Joint Managing Director said; “We are delighted to be continuing the growth of our portfolio within the education sector and working on this prestigious project with the University, Doig + Smith, Haa Design and Hulley & Kirkwood.”
Ian Jamieson, Doig + Smith Director said; “We look forward to delivering another successful project with akp on this exciting new campus for University of West of Scotland.”
The UWS new £110m campus in Lanarkshire opened in September 2018 and is located on the outskirts of Hamilton, just two miles away from their existing campus. It is one of the UK’s ‘greenest’ educational environments. Carbon neutral buildings with sustainable features including a windfarm generating 100% renewable power and rainwater harvesting.
The new campus is a game-changer for higher education in Scotland, creating one of the country’s most dynamic and exciting learning environment, allowing UWS to grow the educational opportunities for students internationally, across the UK, Lanarkshire and the wider central belt.
The campus is located at Hamilton International Technology Park – considered one of the UK’s most successful Enterprise Zones and is home to more than 80 local, national and international companies – including Scottish Power, Babcock, HSBC, John Lewis and Centrica.
For students, this provides a wealth of practical opportunities to gain experience during their studies. And additionally, give businesses an opportunity to collaborate on a range of research, enterprise and commercialisation activities.
The new campus has created many jobs for the local area and an immediate, adjacent further education facility for students from the area and beyond. Indeed, the economic projection for the Hamilton and the adjacent communities as a result of this development is estimated to be as much as £25billion over the next 25 years.