City of Glasgow College

A £228m pioneering project delivered in the heart of Glasgow.

Hulley and Kirkwood are delighted to be an integral part of the Glasgow Learning Quarter consortium professional team which are delivering the City of Glasgow College new City Campus.

H&K were responsible for the full Technical Design of the MEP services including Mechanical Ventilation, Space Heating, Comfort Cooling, DX ICT Cooling, Public Health, Electrical Power, Artificial Lighting, Fire Alarms ICT, BEMS and Vertical Transportation.
We, along with the project architects, employed the use of Autodesk Revit and 3D work to specifically generate fully elevated room layouts that supported the Contractor as well as providing a valuable resource for client approval and coordination work-streams.

City Campus

The City Campus is located on Cathedral Street in the city centre and shall comprise the keystone facility of the College, creating some 56,400m2 GIFA distributed over a ground floor and eleven suspended floors. The completed facility shall accommodate the major faculties of Building, Business, Creative Industries, Education/Society and Leisure/Lifestyle. The completed building is expected to support 1,000 staff and 40,000 students. The building architectural design is substantially defined by an impressive feature atrium (which can double as exhibition/informal teaching space) and an external courtyard. Both these passive features significantly support natural daylight penetration and natural/cross-flow ventilation. The diverse mix of teaching faculties contained within the one building attracts a truly diverse and specific schedule of accommodation, many of which have very specific MEP considerations. Examples being a TV studio, editing suites, teaching kitchens, teaching bakeries, photography, studios, manufacturing workshops and training restaurant to name a few.

Riverside Campus

The Riverside Campus comprises the main educational accommodation for the Faculties of Nautical Studies and Engineering/Energy. The main educational facilities are split between two primary buildings, the teaching tower and workshop block. The teaching tower, comprising some 12,000m2 GIFA is arranged over a ground floor, mezzanine and seven suspended floors, all arranged around a large feature atrium. The workshop block is simpler, constructed over a ground and first floor and comprising some 3,700m2 GIFA. The accommodation requirements attracted some very specific and unique spaces, which in turn attracted a considered and specific MEP approach. Two key examples being a 360 degrees simulator (ships bridge) and a working ships engine room.

The MEP design for the City and Riverside Campuses fully embrace a low energy/carbon ethos. Key examples being LED lighting; variable volume air systems (occupancy led); variable volume water systems; solar thermal; rooftop photovoltaics; biodiesel CHP and energy/heat metering. These buildings have been formally assessed under BREEAM 2008 (education) achieving an ‘Excellent’ rating for the Design Stage. 

Riverside Halls of Residence

Integral to the Riverside Campus is the new Halls of Residence. The provision for student accommodation at this particular campus is amplified by the nature of the educational courses on offer which attract students from not only countrywide but also worldwide. The Halls are designed as a tower constructed over a ground floor and ten suspended storeys of accommodation with an approximate GIFA of 5,800m2. There are approximately 200 study bedrooms. The ground floor accommodates a common room, reception, central laundry, reception, plant and offices. Each suspended floor provides high-quality self-catered accommodation, arranged in flats (x4) which typically provide 5 single study bedrooms, each with its own en-suite. Each flat has its own living space complete with shared kitchen. There are a small number of shared rooms and those designed specifically for students with mobility problems.
The MEP design for the Halls of Residence fully embraces a low energy/carbon ethos. Key examples being variable volume air systems (occupancy led); variable volume water systems; rooftop photovoltaics; biodiesel CHP and energy/heat metering. The building has been formally assessed under BREEAM 2011 (multi-residential) achieving a ‘Very Good’ rating for the Design Stage. 
Paul Little, Principal at City of Glasgow College said...

“These plans signify a major boost to the city and Scotland and ultimately will enhance our reputation as a top educational institution in the world. Situated in the very heart of the city, these impressive new buildings will inspire our learners and encourage them to unlock their potential right here in Glasgow.”