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November 1, 2016

A new report highlights the hugely positive impact on the Glaswegian and wider Scottish community of our City of Glasgow College project.

The report covers the impact of the scheme's two new campuses on the built environment, the benefits the project has had for the students of the college, and the socio-economic effects of the work involved.

Highlights of the Glasgow Learning Quarter: A Socio-Economic, Placemaking & Academic Impact Evaluation report include:

  • £114,000 raised for a Supported Futures Trust fund to increase access to education
  • 148 job opportunities created, of which 78% went to local people
  • 102 days of community engagement

Writing in the report's foreword, Janis Carson, Vice Principal of City of Glasgow College, said: "A key element of our brief, alongside our very specific and detailed educationally driven requirements, was an ambitious strategy to maximise economic, social and community benefits both within the regional economy and very particularly, to take full advantage of the amazing potential for education and skills enhancement for current students … I believe we have gone beyond the laudable delivery of contractual requirements to provide a fantastic educational and social legacy."

Lesley Palmer, Director of INCH Architecture & Design, added: "The delivery of this evaluation signifies a shift in the construction industry's approach to Community Benefits; acknowledging the impact the built environment can have as a determinant of health, social and economic well-being.

"The positive outcomes demonstrated through this project are evidence of the presence of a construction company led by the will to improve the communities in which they work."

The full report can be accessed here.

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