New tech project
University unveils plan for ‘Silicon Valley on the Clyde’
Anton Muscatelli: ‘a key step in innovation’ (pic: Terry Murden)
Glasgow University has unveiled plans for a £118 million project to build a ‘next generation’ technology campus in the city.
It wants to turn a disused car park at the southern end of the Clyde Tunnel and near the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) into a centre for nanotechnology and precision medicine.
The university has put up £28m for the project, while a further £27.5m will come from the Glasgow City region deal. It is hoped work can begin within two years. The university is bidding for a further £63m in funding and hopes to begin work within two years.
University principal Prof Sir Anton Muscatelli said the campus could create “Scotland’s Silicon Valley on the Clyde”.
He said it could be a key step in ensuring the city “retakes its place at the forefront of international innovation and industrial excellence.
“I have no doubt that the innovation agenda and industries like quantum technology, nanofabrication and precision medicine can be to the 21st century Glasgow economy, what shipbuilding was in the past.”
The project will be part of a wider regeneration of Govan. Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken said: “It isn’t just about those high-tech academic jobs, it’s about all the other things that come with it.
“We are building homes, there will be new commercial and retail units, all sorts of new opportunities are being created.”