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- Strathclyde University Splashes Out
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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