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HLM’s Design Drives Innovation and Creativity at University of Glasgow’s New Learning Hub

July 22nd, 2019 Comments off

HLM Architects, a leading design and architecture company with studios in Glasgow, attended the celebrations held to mark the topping out ceremony for the James McCune Smith Learning Hub at the University of Glasgow.

Attended by students, University representatives and the design and construction teams, the ceremony marked the significant milestone for the £90.6 million project, located on University Avenue. It is the first project which will be completed within the University of Glasgow’s £1 billion Campus Development programme.

HLM Architects were selected to create a stand-out design for the flagship 16640m2 development, providing over 2,500 students with state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities.

HLM worked collaboratively with the University of Glasgow throughout all design stages to ensure that the University’s ambitious vision for the future education of its students is successfully brought to life. The thoughtful design has been inspired and driven by user-group consultation at every level, emphasising the student experience now and as it will develop in the future. 

A particular focus has been the incorporation of technology and innovation, including a 500-seat lecture theatre, technology-enhanced seminar rooms of various sizes and multi-purpose advanced learning spaces; combining flexible and social areas with reflective study environments. 

The location for the Hub, in the heart of the estate, overcomes the development constraints of the historic Gilmorehill campus, and is a clear statement of intent from the University to its staff and student community. The site will be pivotal in the connectivity across the expanding campus and creates a ‘gateway’ building, providing a sense of arrival for visitors to the University.

The new building is named after abolitionist and medic James McCune Smith – the first African American to be awarded a medical degree, receiving an MD from the University of Glasgow in 1837.

Patrick Clark, Project Lead Consultant at HLM Architects said, “It has been a privilege to lead the design process on the James McCune Smith Learning Hub at the University of Glasgow. We listened to the ambitions of the University and were truly inspired by the user-group consultations; the research we gathered on the student experience was critical to our meaningful design approach. Our aim has been to develop a environment that is open, enjoyable and accessible for all, striving towards a world-leading educational facility for a world-changing University.”

The University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, said, “It’s tremendously exciting to see the progress being made on the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, and I would like to congratulate all our construction partners, on their work to this point.  Once complete, this will be a fantastic new facility, enhancing our world-class learning and teaching credentials, and helping to inspire future generations of students and staff at the University of Glasgow.”

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SD Sealants launches new painting and decorating service

July 22nd, 2019 Comments off

SD Sealants, one of the largest sealant and finishing groups in the UK, is branching out by launching a new painting and decorating service across both commercial and residential sectors.

As well as it’s highly successful sealant, cosmetic repair and tiling divisions, the company will now provide painting and decorating services for businesses in residential, hospitality, leisure, healthcare and retail industries to name a few.

SD has also strengthened its management team with the appointment of Richard Courtenay, who will be heading up the new department. Richard has over 19 years of experience in the painting and decorating industry, having previously led a large team in the new build and refurbishments subsector.  

Nick Jones, Managing Director, SD sealants said, “We’re really excited about launching this new service as we’ve seen so much demand from customers who want to know if our team can offer painting and decorating to the same high standard that we set for all of our projects.

“With Richard leading on this expansion into a new area of the business, we will now be able to provide our clients with the same market leading service carried out by highly skilled professionals that they’ve come to expect from us.”

Richard Courtenay, Contracts Manager for Painting and Decorating at SD, said: “SD Sealants is already the UK’s leading sealant, repair and tiling specialist, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to build something new within the framework of a long-established stand-out business. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for SD and it’s certainly a bonus to be able to bring more business and recruitment opportunities to the South West.”

Launched in 1973, SD Sealants originated as a family run business in Somerset that specialised in the supply and application of sealant. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength – headquartered in Caldicot, Wales it was become one of the UK’s largest tiling, repairs and sealant companies, with nine offices across England, Scotland and Wales. 

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