A Glasgow university has acquired ownership of three city centre streets as part of it’s campus development plans.
Glasgow City Council has transferred North Portland Street, Rottenrow and Richmond Street to the University of Strathclyde at no cost to create a “stunning campus centrepiece”.
It comes as part of the universities’ ‘Heart of the Campus’ development plans, with the streets to be prioritised for pedestrians and students.
The plans will see the creation of a covered walkway through a regraded Rottenrow Gardens, with seating and performance spaces, raised walkways, newly planted flowers and trees.
Principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, Professor Sir Jim McDonald said the development will “enhance the student experience”.
He said: “In accordance with our commitment to use our assets to benefit the local community, the Heart of the Campus project will be people-oriented and collaborative.
“We will transform Rottenrow Gardens and surrounding area into an accessible and innovative set of spaces, which will enhance the student experience and improve the University’s connectivity with the surrounding community.
“Inclusion and accessibility for all of Glasgow’s diverse population will be central to this development, creating cleaner, safer, pedestrian- and cycle-friendly spaces.”
Councillor Franny Scally, chair of Glasgow City Council’s contracts and property committee, said: “The transfer of this site – lying at the heart of the University of Strathclyde’s campus – will allow public realm, greenspace and active travel works to take place there.
“This will bring significant environmental and social benefits to everyone using the University campus and this part of the city centre.”