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Public consultation meetings on residences plan for University

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The University of Stirling invites members of the public and University students and staff to attend a public consultation meeting at the University on Wednesday 5 October regarding the redevelopment of some of its student residences.

The meeting is one of two public consultation events being held in advance of a formal planning application being submitted to Stirling Council early next year.

The new residences will enable Stirling to compete with universities and colleges around the world in providing high quality accommodation which meets the expectations of today’s students. This is crucial to Stirling’s aim to maintain its enviable rating as a place where student satisfaction with the all round campus experience is high.

Karen Plouviez, Director of Estates and Campus Services at Stirling says: “We hope that members of the public will attend the consultation meeting so that we can explain why we need to make this change, what we are planning and how the new accommodation will enhance the landscape setting of the campus.

“This meeting forms part of an extensive consultation process which began earlier this year and has already provided students with an opportunity to make an input to the design of the new accommodation.”

The project will involve the demolition of some existing buildings and the creation of new accommodation, the majority of which will comprise apartments, each with shared kitchen/diner and lounge facilities, together with a limited number of studios and townhouses. Communal facilities will include a management suite, social space and laundry.

Ms Plouviez says: “The original design for the campus in the late 1960s was an excellent example of estate planning which cleverly integrated the University into the landscape setting. The campus has been evolving since then and the redevelopment of some of the residential accommodation is part of that continuing evolution of the original, visionary design.

“The residences have a special relationship with the setting: the new project will enhance the landscape and ensure that the existing architecture is respected.

“The new accommodation aspires to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ‘excellent’ environmental performance rating and carbon reduction standards which exceed those required by the Building Regulations."

The first consultation meeting will be held on Wednesday 5 October from 6.30 to 8.30pm in Lecture Theatre 2W1 in the Cottrell Building of the University.

For those who are unable to attend, there will be a second consultation meeting on Tuesday 8 November from 6.30 to 8.30pm in the same location.

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