Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre
Proud winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015

Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre

  • Client / University of Glasgow / NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Sector / Education, Health
  • Architect / BMJ Architects
  • Main Contractor / BAM Construction
  • Location / Glasgow
  • Products / Cladding
  • Value / £1.3m
  • Completed / March 2015

The Lakesmere Group was appointed by main contractor BAM Construction to complete the design, supply and installation of the external cladding package for the new Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre in Glasgow. The state of the art facility forms part of the campus of the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which is located on the site of the former Southern General Hospital.

Designed by BMJ Architects, the new teaching facility features a striking shingle façade of three complementary colours of green, blue and grey. Meticulous attention to detail at the design and setting out stage was required to ensure that the shingles were positioned to meet the architects’ exacting brief. As well as the complex design, a key challenge faced by the team throughout the installation process was the incline of the building, which is on a continual, gradual slope. As the gable end elevations also slope, successfully maintaining the pattern and transitioning from the different areas of the building was critical to the success of this complex installation.

The new teaching facility also features a separate auditorium and this has been designed to create a striking focal point, with its gold colour cladding contrasting perfectly with the more muted tones of the main building. The installation of the James & Taylor Gold Eyetech Mesh was again extremely complex. As the backing structure of this part of the building is curved blockwork, there was no room for error at the setting out stage owing to the multiple radii around the whole elevation. Despite the difficulties with the combined precision, planning, engineering and execution, the project was successfully delivered to meet the client’s high expectations.

The new Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre – Stratified Medicine Scotland, developed jointly by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and The University of Glasgow, is an investment of £27 million to provide a training environment for the clinical years of the undergraduate medical degree (MBChB), postgraduate training facilities for medical staff and a large variety of NHS professionals.

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