Nicola Sturgeon opens first stage of £228m ‘super campus’

Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Hemedia
Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Hemedia
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Nicola Sturgeon has opened the first phase of a new £228 million twin-site ‘supercampus’ on the banks of the Clyde.

The First Minister was joined by City of Glasgow College principal Paul Little to open the new £66 million Riverside Campus.

Scotland has a strong maritime history and now 10,000 students a year will be able to come to the Riverside Campus to continue that proud tradition

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland.

The new marine engineering workshop features Scotland’s first shipping simulation suite, allowing students to experience the bridge of a super tanker, as well as nautical chart rooms and a ferry-sized ship’s engine.

The Marine Skills Centre also has its own jetty and free-fall lifeboats.

Ms Sturgeon described the new facility as “world-class” before meeting college staff and students during a tour of the campus.

She added: “Scotland has a strong maritime history and now 10,000 students a year will be able to come to the Riverside Campus to continue that proud tradition.

“The Scottish Government is happy to have supported the construction of this new campus – part of a £228m investment in the City of Glasgow College estate – and I look forward to visiting City Campus on Cathedral Street, too, when it opens next year.”

Principal Paul Little said: “This is a truly outstanding, world-class campus with the ‘wow’ factor.”

The City Campus site at Cathedral Street is currently under construction and is due to open in summer 2016.