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BMG takes on Glasgow’s biggest relocation project

Office and commercial relocation company, Business Moves Group (BMG) has won the contract to relocate the City of Glasgow College to two new sites College’s Riverside Campus and its City Campus.

The new £228 million Cathedral Street and Riverside Campus development involves a two-phase relocation of the City of Glasgow College and is one of the biggest ever move projects in Scotland. 

Situated on the banks of the River Clyde, the Riverside campus relocation was completed successfully by BMG and opened its doors to students and staff in August 2015. When the City campus on Cathedral Street opens in August 2016, the overall twin site super-college will equal the size of 10 football pitches and, along with Riverside, is expected to serve up to 40,000 students a year and six million students in its lifetime.

The transfer to the new, award-winning Riverside Campus – Phase 1 – was successfully carried out over three months on behalf of Sir Robert McAlpine and was completed in October 2015. The project marked a significant investment in further education in Glasgow and the consolidation of one of Scotland’s largest Colleges in a state of the art twin campus development. 

In addition to the transfer of workshops and materials, the move required transferring larger, heavier equipment including naval steering rigs, diesel compressors, nautical training equipment as well as the transfer of a 10-tonne working ships engine. The process involved full decommissioning then recommissioning on the new site requiring the assistance of specialist diesel and electrical engineers.

For Phase 2 of the project, BMG began the planning to move the City Campus phase in November 2015 and BMG’s project managers are working with the client on a daily basis to ensure an equally successful move, which takes place in 32 days.

It brings with it the challenge of relocating larger, more technical items such as three-tonne Historic Scotland listed printing presses as well as large 40ft glass kilns. BMG is in the final stages of planning, including carrying out risk assessments and route planning for these larger, more technical items which require specialist transit and care.

Rachel Walton, managing director for BMG, said:

“I am proud of the continued high standard of work being carried out by BMG staff. While they are used to carrying out highly specialised moves across a variety of industries, this has been a particularly challenging project for the team. They are continuing to work closely with the client to ensure it runs smoothly.”

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