Stirling students to benefit from £13.5m sports upgrade

CONSTRUCTION is underway of the £13.5 million redevelopment of the University of Stirling’s sports facilities.

Main contractor Morrison revealed demolition works have been completed on the project, which forms part of a £45 million campus investment programme.

Morrison will upgrade and extend the current facilities with the project due to complete early next year. The works include the demolition of the existing Gannochy Pavillion and building a new three-storey centre that will be the main entrance and link all existing facilities.

The main building will feature a glass exterior and have a fitness suite and studio, café and social areas, strength and conditioning suite and changing facilities. This building will link to existing sporting facilities with a new three-court sports hall to be constructed.

A strength and conditioning suite, with associated analytical labs, will be included for scholars engaged on the elite athlete programme. This area will also link the National Swimming Academy into the centre.

Graeme Lang, construction manager at Morrison said, “We look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with the University of Stirling and deliver this exciting new development. This project will provide elite athletes, students and the wider community with a modern environment to pursue their sporting ambitions.”

Cathy Gallagher, director of sport at the University of Stirling added, “This is a significant moment for sport, health and wellbeing at the University of Stirling and signals the start of a transformational chapter in our history. An extraordinary amount of effort, collaboration and innovation has gone into the planning and preparatory stages of the project, so to see the work commence brings an enormous sense of pride and excitement about what lies ahead.”

Morrison Construction previously delivered the £4.1 million University of Stirling INTO Academic Centre.