Opened in 1860 to replace a former maternity hospital in St Andrew’s Square, Rottenrow continued to operate until 2001, before it was demolished and turned into a park.

Now Glasgow City Council have agreed to the transfer of the site from the city center to the University of Strathclyde to allow for improvements to the public realm and green spaces and other works.

The site, bordered by North Portland Street, Rottenrow and Richmond Street, is proposed to benefit from significant investment by the University.

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Public realm improvement works include the provision of a covered walkway, seating and performance space, elevated walkways and landscaping, planting and tree work, pedestrian prioritization of Rottenrow, North Portland Street and Richmond Street with landscaping , parking reconfiguration, including cycle parking and electric vehicle charging points, and associated engineering and infrastructure works.

Planning permission is in place for the works, Glasgow City Council confirmed.

The council said it will transfer this site, valued at £50,000, to the University, which will own the entirety of the larger site, free of charge.

Councilor Franny Scally, chair of Glasgow City Council’s Property and Contracts Committee, said: “The transfer of this site, located in the heart of the University of Strathclyde campus, will allow for public space, green spaces and the travel works to be done there. This will bring significant environmental and social benefits to everyone who uses the University campus and this part of the city center.”

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