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Building works begin in sports facilities redevelopment

Building works have begun in the next step of the university’s sports facilities redevelopment.

The sports facilities, which are expected to be finished next year, will cost £20 million to complete.

The original site has been demolished, and Morrison Construction have started building the new complex that will merge with the existing sports facilities at the university.

Union President Astrid Smallenbroek, with Principal Gerry McCormac and Sports President Caitlin Ormiston
Credit: University of Stirling

University Principal Gerry McCormac said the huge investments have been made to transform the University of Stirling campus into one of the best in the UK.

When the project is completed, all sports facilities will be under one roof, making university sport more accessible for all students. The new building will include a fitness suite, an indoor cycling studio and areas specified for strength and conditioning. There will also be a high performance suite for professional athletes.

Changing facilities and communal spaces are also set to be improved, which everyone will be able to take advantage of, from those playing recreationally to those at the top.

Meanwhile, the National Swimming Academy, National Tennis Centre, sports hall and squash courts will stay untouched.

Credit: University of Stirling

The redevelopment of the sporting facilities is only one part of a university-wide project, which will also include Campus Central and courtyard development.

University of Stirling Director of Sport, Cathy Gallagher, praised the efforts that have gone into the planning of the project, and is optimistic about delivering an ‘unrivalled sporting experience’ for all.

She said: “We strive to set national and international standards in both performance and participation sport.”

Union President Astrid Smallenbroek added: “It’s fantastic to see such an investment being made in the campus and Stirling’s student experience.”

It will be interesting to see if the facilities will be ready by June 2020 as predicted. Only time will tell, but what is certain is that there is a lot of work to be done over the next fifteen months to make the project a success.

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