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Green light for Stirling sports centre

A £20M transformation of the University of Stirling’s sports facilities has been given the green light.

The redevelopment, which has received planning approval from Stirling Council, will see Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence create an iconic new sports complex that will be integrated with existing world-class facilities.

Professor Gerry McCormac, University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is another significant milestone for the University and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience at Stirling.

The sports facilities redevelopment is part of our major enhancement programme that will transform campus life and help us achieve our strategic aim of being one of the top 25 universities in the UK by 2021.”

The new building will include purpose-built studios, an innovative fitness suite, three-court sports hall, indoor cycling studio, strength and conditioning area, as well as a new state-of-the-art high-performance suite. Users of the new building will also benefit from enhanced changing facilities and communal spaces.

Director of Sport, Cathy Gallagher, said: “This investment will literally break new ground in respect of sport, physical activity and wellbeing. Our ambition is to set standards at local, national and international levels and the significantly enhanced facilities will unleash new participation, innovative opportunities and an unrivalled experience.

“The unique feature of sport at the University of Stirling is the environment within which Olympic medallists train and compete alongside students, staff and the wider community. This development will mark the beginning of another exciting chapter for sport at the University and within the Stirling area.”

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