FaulknerBrowns Architects has been given the green light for a £20 million overhaul of sports facilities at the University of Stirling
Approved by Stirling Council, the part new-build, part refurbishment of the university’s existing sports centre features a 4,500m² block and will integrate the current facilities on the site, including the Scottish national tennis and swimming academies.
The main new building will house a three-court sports hall, an indoor cycling studio, a strength and conditioning area, and a ’high performance suite’. There are also plans for a double-height café and improved changing facilities.
The scheme will sit next to Airthrey Loch, close to the National Wallace Monument and with views to Stirling Castle, Airthrey Castle, the Ochil Hills, Ben Lomond and the Trossachs.
According to the AJ100 practice, the building responds to the plot on at three levels: the lower storey creating ’a robust base’ with links to the existing swimming academy and sports hall; and the two upper levels ’establishing a relationship with the street and surroundings’.
A spokesperson said: ’The building’s glazed frontage exposes a central cylindrical drum that acts as a welcoming focal point. Vertical timber fins—spaced to create a concertina effect—present the illusion of motion. The fitness suite contained within the drum, animates views from the main approach routes’.
Work is expected to start on site later this year and complete in early 2020.
2. university of stirling sports centre faulknerbrowns architects view from sports pitches
Location Stirling, Scotland
Type of project University sports centre
Client University of Stirling
Architect FaulknerBrowns Architects
Landscape architect Ian White Associates
Structural engineer Woolgar Hunter
M&E consultant Harley Haddow
Quantity surveyor Brownriggs
Main contractor TBC
Tender date Currently tendering
Start on site date Winter 2018
Completion date Early 2020
Gross internal floor area 4,500m² (new build) 1,500m² refurb
Form of contract Two-stage Design and Build
Total cost £20 million