Western Clinical Research and Education Centre (former Tennent Institute)

Description

The Western Clinical Research and Education Centre was formerly occupied by the Tennent Memorial Institute of Opthalmology

Church Street was cleared in 1931 in preparation for the construction of the Ophthalmological Department, part of the The Western Infirmary, called the Tennent Memorial. The Tennent Memorial Institute of Opthalmology was opened on 9 April 1936 by Sir John Roxburgh. It was named for Gavin Paterson Tennent (d1913), who had endowed the building.

The Tennent Institute was designed by Norman Aitken Dick, F.R.I.B.A. of Burnet, Son and Dick. The impressive entrance from Church Street is surmounted by two symbolic figures representing Light and Darkness that contrast the otherwise simple architecture of the building. The sculptures were created by Archibald Dawson, A.R.S.A., the same sculptor who was responsible for the wood carvings in the University's Memorial Chapel.

When the building opened the reception area on the ground floor gave access to outpatient consulting rooms, a refraction room, research laboratories, professors' rooms and a lecture room. The patient accommodation consisted of two units each of ten beds on the first and second floors. The units were divided into six single rooms and a four-bed ward with glass partitions to facilitate observations by nursing staff, a novel feature at the time. The Ophthalmology Department was intended to be used mainly for post-graduate study and research - taking advantage of its integration with the University Medical School.

In the 1990s the Tennent Memorial Institute of Opthalmology moved to Gartnavel General Hospital and the Church Street building was occupied by the Western Clinical Research and Education Centre.

Summary

Western Clinical Research and Education Centre (former Tennent Institute)
38 Church Street
Western Infirmary
Glasgow

Record last updated: 15th Jul 2015

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