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James Weir Celebration of Engineering

A major refurbishment of one of the University of Strathclyde's most prestigious buildings has created first-class accommodation and facilities for students and staff bringing together five of the Faculty of Engineering departments for the first time. The £40 million University investment in the James Weir building has enabled each department to be housed on its own floor and a number of facilities have been incorporated, including a Faculty Outreach and Knowledge Exchange Hub, a Student Learning Zone, a Design Studio and computer suites with more than 100 computers for use by students. 

The building was formally re-opened by Viscount William Weir at a special event held in October. Viscount Weir is a descendant of Weir Group founder James Weir, whom the building is named after.  

Students and staff in the departments of Architecture; Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management; Chemical & Process Engineering; Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; and Civil & Environmental Engineering are benefiting from the creation of dedicated dynamic spaces for leading-edge teaching and research.

The James Weir building was constructed between 1958 and 1964 as an extension to the original listed Royal College building.  It is the third largest building within the University’s estate in terms of overall floor area, spans eight levels and is within the Glasgow Central Conservation Area.

Hulley & Kirkwood were employed by The University of Strathclyde to carry out various localised refurbishment and upgrading projects throughout the building over the last ten years.

Unfortunately the building was hit by fire in February 2012 and Hulley & Kirkwood were once again employed by the University to undertake an evaluation of the damage and liaise with the loss adjusters. This process has led to a large scale refurbishment project and Hulley & Kirkwood have been employed to deliver full mechanical and electrical design services.

The refurbishment project includes for the upgrade of all M&E infrastructure components including air handling plant, chilled water plant, boiler plant and all associated distribution systems. HV/LV switchgear and distribution systems have also been upgraded. On each floor plate the services design was tailored to suit the various departmental requirements and functions.