Plans for a new £113m University of Glasgow research hub have been given the green light by the city council. Multiplex will now proceed with full-scale building work on the scheme, after beginning piling works on site earlier this month.

The 17,000m² research hub, designed by HOK Architects, will be the first building to be constructed on the 14-acre site of the former Western Infirmary, a teaching hospital in the city that closed down in 2015.

Part of a wider £1bn campus development programme, masterplanned by AECOM and 7N Architects, the hub will be a vibrant, collaborative facility at the heart of the Western campus, hosting over 600 academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students working in the fields of health, business, chemistry and the arts.

Multiplex Project Director Ian Taggart said:

"We are delighted to begin full-scale construction work on the University of Glasgow's new research hub, which will form part of one of the biggest new education developments in Scotland. Multiplex has extensive experience in constructing world-class educational and research facilities and we are looking forward to delivering this visionary scheme."

The first phase of the development is due to open in 2021.