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Robert Gordon University to sell properties in preparation for Garthdee campus move

New facilities will give students an 'outstanding educational environment'. Picture: Stephen Mansfield

New facilities will give students an 'outstanding educational environment'. Picture: Stephen Mansfield

  • by FRANK URQUHART
 

ABERDEEN’S Robert Gordon University is putting several of its city centre properties on the market this week as the university takes the next step in its move to a new central campus at Garthdee on the banks of the River Dee.

• Student Union, Clarke Building and complex of buildings at St Andrews Street to go on the market

• The first phase of development is due for completion in Spring 2013

The buildings include include the B-listed Student Union and the large university complex of buildings at St Andrews Street. The B-listed student union, built in 1886 and designed by architect Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, is being sold as single lot with the Clarke Building, a modern concrete blockwork structure.

An RGU spokesman said: “Potential development opportunities for the city centre buildings include hotel accommodation, commercial office space, residential use and student accommodation.

“The university is currently in the middle of a 34,000 square metre new build development with phase one due for completion on schedule in Spring 2013. The marketing of the city centre buildings is the first step in phase two of the university’s masterplan with the premises at St Andrews Street, and the Clarke and Student Association buildings at Schoolhill going up for sale. The Technical building at Schoolhill has already been sold to Robert Gordon’s College.”

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal of RGU said: “The new facilities at Garthdee will give our students an outstanding educational environment. Staff and students from different disciplines will benefit from working more closely together than has previously been possible and we will be better placed to engage with our professional and industry partners.”

 

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