Graham Hills Building

(Marland House)

A rather ugly and utilitarian structure located at 40-50 George Street in the centre of Glasgow, the Graham Hills Building represents one of the larger buildings which comprise the University of Strathclyde, housing its Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Departments of Computer and Information Sciences, Management Science and Knowledge Transfer Centre. It backs onto Richmond Street, which provides an alternative entrance. The building began its life as Marland House, built in 1959 by Edinburgh-based Arthur Swift & Partners at a cost of £1 million for the General Post office and occupied by a telephone exchange and offices. A structure of its time, it won a Civic Trust Design Award in 1960. It was inherited by British Telecom (BT), who sold the building to the University of Strathclyde in 1987, who converted it for academic use and renamed it after its then Principal. The building was home to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society between 1993 and 2008, following its move from Edinburgh. Their suite of offices were opened by HRH Princess Anne on the 20th April 1994.

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