A company set up to develop a major 860,000 sq ft ‘learning quarter’ in Glasgow has issued the tender seeking design proposals for the project.

New Glasgow Campus plans to develop a campus across two sites for the 50,000 learners and 2,000 staff of the four city centre colleges – Central, Metropolitan, Nautical and Stow.

The integrated campus will be located at 2 sites: City Campus on Cathedral Street ,currently home to Central and Metropolitan colleges, and Riverside Campus at Thistle Street (currently home to the Nautical College).

A design team will be selected in spring next year and the design period will continue until building work commences in 2011.

‘There is a tremendous interest in the architecture and design community around New Campus Glasgow,’ said project director Iain Marley. ‘At over 861120 sq ft it’s a very large development by any standards and we have great ambitions to create new landmarks on these prime sites in the city.’

He said that over the coming years there will be a carefully planned process of buying land, demolishing or selling off old buildings and developing new buildings in a phased way that means the colleges will be able to continue to operate.

BDP has designed the masterplan and the brief for the architect/design team. In the mean time, consultation is continuing with staff and students and a business case is being compiled to be presented to the Scottish Funding Council in March.