The refurbishment of the Category B-listed building will see the provision of new facilities for the Department of Biomedical Engineering, including research and teaching laboratories, increased office accommodation for staff and students and new social spaces for students.
A fundraising campaign for the redevelopment has to-date raised more than half of its £3m target thanks to generous donations from charitable trusts, alumni and supporters, including:
- Wolfson Foundation: £750,000
- Garfield Weston Foundation: £300,000
- Hugh Fraser Foundation: £200,000
- The Walton Foundation: £100,000 – specifically supporting the Child Health Laboratory
Other donors include: Mark Horgan, CEO of Moneycorp, and the Murray Foundation.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, principal and vice-chancellor, said: “We’re transforming our campus over the course of the current decade, investing £750 million to create a first-class working and learning environment for our students and staff.
“This year we completed a £12 million refurbishment project at our John Anderson building to develop cutting-edge facilities for advanced laser and plasma physics research.
“Our new £31m sports centre, Strathclyde Sport, opened in September and work is underway on a new £60 million Learning and Teaching Building at the heart of the campus which will also provide a new home for student support services and the Students’ Union.
“The investment in the Wolfson Building will help the Department of Biomedical Engineering to capitalise on its successes and expand its teaching and research capacity.”
Support for the project has been initially funded by the Wolfson family charity and is due to be completed by early 2020.