Langside College Campus Building Architect, Project Photo, Design, Award, Info

Langside College Glasgow Campus

Glasgow Development design by Archial Architects, Scotland

27 Feb 2012

Langside College Building News

Design: Archial, Scotland

Langside College Building

The £36m Langside College was officially unveiled on 24 February by the First Minister Alex Salmond.

18 Oct 2010

Archial Completes £30 Million Langside College on Time and Within Budget

Langside College Glasgow
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Langside College Campus Glasgow Building

Archial, part of the privately held international Ingenium Group, has completed the £30 million Langside College in Glasgow on time and within budget following a 2.5 year project working on site on a design and build contract novated to Balfour Beatty.

The new 14,000 sqm facility accommodates: drama; music; sports; science; computing; languages; mathematics; health & beauty and engineering courses within two distinctive buildings.

Robert Paterson, Vice Principal of Langside College, said: “We’ve been very impressed with Archial, who have become part of our team at Langside. They’ve been completely interpretative of our brief and have guided us through the design process; taking our input on board and introducing enhancement where required.

“The way that Archial approached the project allowed us to work with them in a very focused way. Archial were very receptive to what we wanted and we found that to be a very positive experience. It’s already evident that the new building has had a marked effect on both the attraction and retention of students.”

The main teaching block is five storeys high and finished with terracotta rain-screen cladding and coloured Trespa panels whilst the drama and music building, clad in Kalzip aluminium sheeting and render, sits on top of the existing hillside, providing a distinctive entry point for visitors arriving to the campus.

Archial Project Director Chris Cockburn said: “A key factor in winning this commission was our consideration of the estate masterplan; capitalising on the site’s very important strategic location on one of the busiest streets on the south side of Glasgow.

“We proposed to open up a pedestrian route from Battlefield Road to Langside railway station and on this route we proposed setting two high quality buildings around a central courtyard space which would double up as a performance venue and new public square. The construction was a challenge as this was a live campus on a very busy thoroughfare but, through careful phasing of the works, the project team managed to carry out the project with minimal disruption to the college.”

All Langside College buildings are now complete and occupied by students, with the external sports pitches on schedule for completion by end of the year. Since opening in 1947, Langside College has offered learning and training opportunities to students from Glasgow and beyond and has established itself as a major player in the Scottish educational scene.

One of the UK’s leading practices, Archial is an architectural specialist with public and private-sector clients. Its diverse international portfolio includes work in corporate, education, government, healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, residential, retail and transport sectors and it employs approximately 300 employees in offices throughout England and Scotland. The award winning Archial organisation has been known for delivering intelligent solutions that combine creative excellence with commercial success.

1 Jun 2009

Langside College Campus First Construction Phase

Archial Completes First Construction Phase of £28 Million Langside College Campus Ahead of Schedule and on Budget

Archial Architects, one of the largest architecture practices in Scotland and the UK, has completed the first phase of the £28 million Langside College campus ahead of schedule and on budget.

Langside College
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Located at Battlefield Road on Glasgow’s southside, the new facility will enhance Langside College’s provision of quality education through purpose built facilities, which include science laboratories, engineering workshops, art studios, a beauty therapy centre and training kitchens.

Graham Montgomery, Director at Archial Architects, said, “We’re delighted that the new main four storey teaching block has been handed over to the College one week early and on budget.

“With the main entrance to Langside College now on Battlefield Road on the southside of Glasgow, access has been improved and the inclusive ethos of the college re-enforced. The design will provide future learners with the best possible facilities for learning and Langside College staff with an excellent working environment.”

The next phase of this project begins in June 2009 and consists of an adjoining sports block, including a sports hall followed by a separate theatre arts building. Prior to this the existing 1960′s buildings will be demolished with the students decanting to the new teaching block at the start of the 2009 -2010 session.

The final phase, in autumn 2010, will see the completion of landscaping and the construction of sports pitches and, once completed, the design allows pedestrians to access Mount Florida station via the college ‘Plaza’ between the buildings.

Murray Slade is Archial’s project architect on the Langside project and the contractor is Balfour Beatty.

The college is currently furnishing the 14,000 sq m building. Since opening in 1947, Langside College has offered learning and training opportunities to students from Glasgow and beyond and has established itself as a major player in the Scottish educational scene.

The Archial Group Plc employs around 200 staff in Scotland, operating from offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.

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