Glasgow: The hospital site in the historic city center will be relocated to the university

Rottenrow opened in 1860 to replace an older maternity hospital in St Andrew’s Square and functioned until 2001 before it was demolished and turned into a park.

Glasgow City Council has now approved the transfer of the city center site to the University of Strathclyde to allow for public space improvements, green spaces and other works.

The campus, bounded by North Portland Street, Rottenrow, and Richmond Streets, is expected to benefit from major university investments.

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Works to improve the public area include the provision of a covered walkway, seating and event space, elevated walkways and re-evaluation of gardens, planting and tree work, prioritizing pedestrians in Rottenrow, North Portland Street and Richmond Street with landscaping, reconfiguration of parking lots – including bike parking and EV charging stations – and associated infrastructure and engineering works.

Planning permission has been granted for the works, Glasgow City Council has confirmed.

City Council said it would transfer this site – worth £50,000 – to the university free of charge, which will own the entire larger site.

Councilor Franny Scally, Chair of Glasgow City Council’s Contracts and Property Committee, said: “The transfer of this site – which is at the heart of the University of Strathclyde campus – will allow for public spaces, green spaces and active travel work to be carried out there. This will bring significant environmental and social benefits to all who use the university campus and this part of the city centre.”

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