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Further & Higher Education, Heritage

Wolfson Building

Hulley & Kirkwood were appointed as M&E design engineers by the University of Strathclyde for the full refurbishment and extension of the Wolfson Building which houses the biomedical engineering faculty.

The refurbished  building houses an extensive array of research laboratories together with flexible teaching and conference facilities, open plan write up spaces and social areas.

The Wolfson Building is a Grade B listed building, clad externally with profiled precast concrete chevron panels. The refurbishment and alteration proposals were therefore subject to careful assessment by Glasgow City Council Planning Department.

The floor slabs of the building are coffered concrete and cantilevered from the central core. The limitations of this structural configuration presented significant challenges for the location of plant and service distribution. An exposed service strategy was used throughout the building to best facilitate the extensive servicing infrastructure required for the research and teaching accommodation.

Sustainability and energy efficiency are an integral part of the client brief, and the developed MEP design. As part of this redevelopment the Wolfson building will be connected to the university’s new district energy network. The synergy between these two projects will bring considerable benefit in reducing the energy demand of the university and contribute to the carbon reduction of the campus.


  • Refurbishment of an existing Grade B listed building.

  • Sustainable redevelopment project.

  • Exposed services installation.

  • Connection to the new district energy network.

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