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McAlpine secures Glasgow campus contract

The Glasgow Learning Quarter Consortium has announced its preferred bidder for the City of Glasgow College's new campus contract.

McAlpine beat off stiff competition from BAM Construction to secure the deal, with work on the £228 million project now set to begin in the coming months.

Designs for the new campus include the provision of new classrooms and facilities to cater for up to 40,000 students and 1,200 members of staff, with McAlpine confirming it is now on the hunt for local contractors to help it fulfil its development commitments over the coming months.

College principal Paul Little said: "These plans signify a major boost to the city and Scotland and ultimately will enhance our reputation as a top educational institution in the world.

"Situated in the very heart of the city, these impressive new buildings will inspire our learners and encourage them to unlock their potential right here in Glasgow."

Douglas Baillie, chair of the college's board, added: "Selecting the preferred bidder is yet another major milestone in our continuing success."

The final stage of the procurement phase for the project is now underway, which entails securing planning consent for the project from Glasgow City Council.

In addition, both McAlpine and the Glasgow Learning Quarter Consortium will now be working together to finalise the project's funding strategy.

It is hoped that all of this preparatory work will be completed within the next few months, meaning development of the new facilities at the City of Glasgow College could possibly get underway as early as summer 2013.

Elsewhere, Laing O'Rourke has secured the £70 million contract for the redevelopment of Oldham Community College.

The project will include the construction of a new five-storey Learning Hub, as well as 28 new classrooms, a community space, new facilities for staff and students, and a new front entrance to the facility. 

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