We are delighted to announce that our James McCune Smith Learning Hub at the University of Glasgow has topped out.
This state-of-the-art building is named after American physician James McCune Smith, who was born into slavery in New York and set free by the Emancipation Act but struggled to gain entry to American universities.
After travelling to the UK, he was admitted to the University of Glasgow and became the first African American to hold a medical degree, finishing top of his class in 1837.
The building's unique design mixes concrete and steel frames. We have used over 2,000 pieces of steel to form a conical-shaped teaching nest at the heart of the structure. This houses the main lecture theatres, which are built with a capacity of up to 500 people.
The new facility will provide teaching space for over 2,500 students – including three lecture theatres. It will also include technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL) spaces, which vary from seminar rooms to flexible open-plan collaboration areas.
Topping out marks a major milestone in this development, and places our team closer to project completion. The James McCune Smith Learning Hub is a landmark development in Glasgow's west end, and forms a part of the University's £1 billion redevelopment. This large-scale project will deliver a vibrant campus that is woven into the urban fabric of the city, bringing significant economic opportunities for Glasgow.