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- Strathclyde University Splashes Out


Park Circus



Costly Park Circus Mansion for University Principal
Strathclyde University has been attacked for spending 339,000 on refurbishing a luxurious townhouse for use by its principal. The ground floor boasts twin Corinthian pillars, a marble fireplace and a "broad sweeping staircase." There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, drawing room, "show" room, workshop, study, two sitting rooms and three offices.

Strathclyde University bought the home in Park Circus, a fashionable area of Glasgow, for 1.2 million last year. The five-floor property is for the use of Sir Jim McDonald, the highest paid university principal in Scotland.

University officials were criticised at the time for buying the five-storey luxury house, but it has since spent hundreds of thousands of pounds more on it, including a 4,000 wardrobe, 1,180 on a chair, 825 for a drawer and 3,400 on sofas and nearly 100 on a state-of-the-art toaster.

Due to budget constraints, the University is having to make some staff redundant this summer.

A University spokesman said: "The University purchased the property in Park Circus to replace an existing property at Jordanhill. The property will be used for corporate events and business engagements.


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Tam O'Ranter
May 2015

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