GLASGOW University is about to take the first step on a 10-year project that could see it spend up to £775 million on a massive refurbishment and development programme.

It has been announced that the university is now seeking a contractor partner for what it has called the transformation of its current estate.

A market engagement event to inform potential contractors about the project is to take place a week from today, marking the official start to the process.

Described as the largest project in its history since it moved from its city centre site to Gilmorehill in the 1870s, Glasgow University’s ambitious estate development strategy was approved in February.

Made possible by the acquisition of the 12-acre Western Infirmary site, the programme will enter into a partnership to carry out planned infrastructure projects and new-build construction.

It is expected that the university will appoint one delivery partner of major status to act as the single contractor for its strategy, and the university is reported to be looking for prospective contractors who possess a track record of successfully delivering major projects and programmes, including those with a value of £200m or more within a single location.

Local building industry sources are confident that much of the building and infrastructure work will be subcontracted.

According to the Official Journal of the European Union, the programme is to consist of multiple standalone work packages for individual buildings and associated infrastructure across the university’s estate.

The university website stated: “We plan to invest in developing new buildings and bringing our historic and iconic buildings up to a standard which supports the needs of current and future students and researchers.

“Furthermore, the university intends to develop an open and accessible campus that will not only enhance the performance of the university but have a positive impact on the infrastructure of the city. The focus for much of this development will be the former site of the Western Infirmary.”

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “The campus development is something that will take many years to complete and will create a lasting legacy for future generations of students, academics and local people in the west end of Glasgow.”

Last week the university launched its latest strategy document called Inspiring People, Changing the World. In it, Prof Mucatelli stated: “Since the release of our last strategy in 2010 we have gone from strength to strength.”