The Campus Central project is one of the University’s biggest infrastructure investments since our foundation, designed with input from the Students’ Union, staff and local stakeholders. The £21.7 million project will see the refurbishment of the existing Atrium; the creation of a new three-storey building at the heart of the campus; and a landscaped, pedestrian-friendly Queen’s Court offering students, staff and visitors a host of new study and social spaces.
Building work on Campus Central is due to be complete in academic year 2020/21, along with a concurrent development project to build an iconic new sports centre at the University.
Construction impact and timeline FAQs
The Atrium refurbishment phase of our Campus Central project was completed earlier in 2020, and the remaining development will take place during academic year 2020/21 - with completion towards the end of 2021. This final phase will deliver a much-anticipated three-storey extension and new landscaped social spaces outside the building. The COVID-19 pandemic has understandably impacted the original timeline for delivery of Campus Central but effective project management means that delays to this exciting development, which will transform life at Stirling, have been minimised.
Campus Central is being delivered in line with the University’s commitment to equality. View a full Equality Impact Assessment of the project.
Find out more about the works with our FAQs below.
What will the Campus Central investment deliver?
We’ve listened to feedback from our students and staff. The Campus Central project responds to requests for enhanced services, and improved teaching and learning, research, and social spaces. The investment will transform the centre of our campus, creating a clear heart to further connect our student and staff communities, facilities, and Macrobert Arts Centre. It will deliver a host of new and improved facilities – all of which will significantly enhance and improve the student experience at Stirling. The project has already delivered the new sustainable transport facility, including enhanced bus hub, and the first phase of the Atrium refurbishment.
The next phase will deliver a three-storey extension to the Andrew Millar building, more than doubling its size through 3,000m2 of additional floor space. Outside, a pedestrianised and landscaped Queen’s Court area will provide an open new space for students and staff to enjoy.
These transformational changes and facilities match the University’s ambitions for the future, and will provide new spaces for education, learning, research, retail, and catering that are key to meeting the changing needs of our University community.
What possible impact will the construction have on students, staff and visitors to the campus?
Like with all major development projects there will inevitably be some noise and disruption as the works progress, but we’re working closely with all our stakeholders and contractors to ensure it is mitigated and kept to a minimum.
One feature of the next phase – which will deliver the three-storey extension to the Andrew Millar building – will be the arrival of a crane to the works site. Its presence on campus will signal the progress of the structure of the new building, as the extension rises section by section.
The latest information and regular updates about the project will be posted on this web page, and shared via Student Bulletin and Staff Roundup.
How will access be impacted during the planned works?
The construction site is clearly separated behind fencing and hoardings. Access has been fully considered and alternative routes provided and signposted throughout the period of construction works.
Will I be able to access the shops, cafes and food outlets during the period of the construction works?
Throughout delivery of the project, we have sought to minimise the impact on campus life and retain as many facilities and outlets as possible at all times.
The University’s newest and largest catering provision, Scran, opened in March 2020 just prior to the commencement of COVID-19 lockdown measures, and has now reopened. During this first phase of its reopening, freshly prepared and baked pizzas, a range of fresh burgers, and a selection of sandwiches and chilled foods including items from the V-Go vegan range will all be available. Coffee and other hot and cold drinks are also available throughout the day. All items should be ordered and paid for through our new online app ‘Food at Stirling’, the website link via the QR code, or at stir.ac.uk/food. At all catering outlets, protective screens are in place at counters, along with a range of enhanced hygiene measures for everyone’s health and safety. All customers are encouraged to use one of the online options for ordering and paying, but if you can’t then please use contactless card payments.
The development will also deliver a new Co-op supermarket, that significantly increases this type of retail space available to students and staff on campus. This new outlet – and its features, including an express Post Office and ATM – further enhances the facilities available on campus and reduces the need to travel further afield at this time.
Staff and students will still be able to access all other shops, cafes and food outlets, subject to government guidance on COVID-19 mitigation measures. Details of all re-opening dates will be published in due course. For a full list of places to eat and drink please visit the Eating and Drinking guide on the University’s website.
How will I access Macrobert Arts Centre, Atrium, Library and the Students’ Union?
A temporary and accessible entrance via Haldane’s Restaurant is now in use. Throughout the period of works, the Students’ Union can continue to be accessed through both the entrance off the Atrium, and via the path leading from the loch bridge.
I noticed that there are short duration closures of some spaces during works?
Yes, during the course of the works there is a need for short duration closures to spaces where the works cross over with the occupied spaces in the Atrium and Macrobert Arts Centre. The University has worked with contractors to ensure that as much of this work as possible is done overnight, or at weekends. Advance notice of any planned closures or disruption will be communicated via this web page, and shared via Student Bulletin and Staff Roundup.
Can I still access student support services?
Yes – Student Support Services will be operating as usual, with face-to-face services operating from the Chaplaincy space subject to COVID-19 restrictions - throughout the project. The team are also available daily to take your enquiries via live chat on your Portal and through the usual telephone and email channels. To find out more about the services available, opening times and contact details, please visit the Student Support Services webpage. Student Support Services will move to new bespoke Campus Central facilities when the project is completed.
Will I still be able to access prayer facilities?
Yes – while construction is ongoing, prayer facilities continue to be available in the Andrew Miller building, across from the campus pharmacy. These facilities have been enhanced as part of the Campus Central development and are available for use.
Will there be a vehicle drop-off for those accessing the Macrobert Arts Centre and the Atrium?
Yes, there will be a temporary drop-off and turning area on East Link Road, around 50m from the temporary entrance to Macrobert Arts Centre.
Will parking be affected?
There will be no reduction in parking during the build, and all car parks will remain open. Five new accessible parking bays have been provided, opposite the temporary drop-off point that has been created adjacent to the walkway to the new Macrobert Arts Centre entrance.
Will I still be able to access the bike racks outside the Atrium?
The existing bike racks which sit underneath the pedestrian bridge between the Atrium and the Cottrell Building - to the right-hand side of the entrance to the Atrium - will be unavailable during the work.
However, replacement and additional bike racks have been provided nearby - underlining the University’s commitment to sustainability. These are located alongside the existing bike racks on the Cottrell side of Queen’s Court.
Will I still be able to access the archives and special collections during the period of the construction works?
Yes - the archives reading room has moved to a temporary location in the S corridor of the University Library, for the duration of the Campus Central project building works. Staff at the library reception desk can direct you to the new reading room.
Where are accessible toilets located?
Accessible toilets are provided in all our main buildings on campus. The library has accessible toilets on all levels, accessible toilet facilities form part of the main Atrium toilets, and additionally the Students’ Union has an accessible toilet next to the Studio bar. Also, Macrobert Arts Centre has an accessible toilet, located at the Haldane’s entrance, and a Changing Places toilet within the venue.
Will I still be able to access the Library and the Study Zone during the work?
The Library will be open throughout the works period, with access to the Library via the main entrance from the Atrium.
The University has invested significantly in the Library over the past year, providing significant additional study space. This investment has been made in response to student and staff feedback and represents a significant increase in study space in our Library. The investment and enhancements to the Library were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the increased space will support the University as it introduces any social distancing measures required by government guidance and restrictions.
Each floor has additional spaces, so students can find extra seating in silent study on level 4, quiet on level 3, and social on level 2.
We've added a mixture of types of study space, including individual study booths, study tables, sofas, and state-of-the-art group study tables with wireless displays for students to collaborate on. The University is working closely with the Scottish Government and other authorities to ensure that the Library, and all facilities across campus, operate safely and within COVID-19 mitigation guidance and measures.
For further and current information about COVID-19 mitigation measures on campus, please visit the Changes at Stirling webpages.
Almost all of the study booths and tables have a range of power outputs for students to use, including three pin sockets, USB and USB-C sockets.
With the Study Zone now available following completion of the Atrium refurbishment, there is an increased availability of study setting formats, and enhanced furniture layouts. A variety of study space with computers is available across campus for students, including Cottrell 2Y5. Get further information about our study space.
Will Library opening hours be affected?
No – the Library will remain open throughout the project, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. Get more information and opening times.
How can I return library books throughout the building period?
The Library has in place a temporary book drop outside the Library front door, allowing items to be returned even when it is closed.
Will Wi-Fi be available in the Library and Atrium throughout the works?
A full Wi-Fi service will continue to be available in the Library and Atrium spaces.