The Colville Building at the University of Strathclyde, nearing completion in 1966. The Building opened in 1967 to accommodate the Departments of Civil Engineering, Metallurgy and Physics.
Civil Engineering had been a component part of the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the Royal College of Science and Technology in the post-war years. With the achievement of university status in 1964, the University of Strathclyde created a School of Civil and Mining Engineering. Initially housed in the James Weir Building, it occupied part of the Colville Building (with staff moving to the John Anderson Building) in 1971.
The Metallurgy Department was part of the School of Chemical and Materials Sciences. The department had a long association with the steel manufacturers, Colvilles, and provided research facilities for the iron and steel industries.
The Department of Natural Philosophy and Applied Physics had a relatively brief stay in the Colville Building. In 1971 it moved to the new John Anderson Building, where purpose-built accommodation allowed the department to expand its considerable research programme.
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