Campus Central, Stirling University

Project Campus Central, Stirling University
Location Stirling
Sector Education
Project value £21 Million
Architect Page and Park
Main contractor Robertson Construction
Sub-contractor Marshall Brown
CAB member Senior Architectural Systems Ltd
System PURe Aluminium Windows, SF52 Aluminium Curtain Wall, SPW501 Aluminium Doors

The latest addition to The University of Stirling is the £21 Million Central Campus project, which is the university’s biggest ever infrastructure investment. Designed with the input of the Student’s Union, staff and other stakeholders it has completely transformed the social core of the University, enabling staff and students to come together in spaces that facilitate dialogue and social learning.
It involved relocating the transport hub, creating a landscaped social courtyard, refurbishing the existing atrium space and constructing a stunning new 3000 sq. m. three-story building.
Inspiration for the new build was taken from both the brutalist architecture of the adjacent buildings and the University’s breath-taking location next to loch Airthrey with the Ochil and Campsie Hills to either side, and the distinctive Castle and Monument on the horizon. The approach from the loch side is spectacular, with dramatic top lit voids which bring daylight into the heart of the building, whilst inside a sculpted staircase creates a fascinating focal point.
Senior’s SF52 curtain walling was chosen for the project, because of its elegant consistent slim 52mm sightlines and enhanced thermal performance which exceeds current building regulations.

Sustainability was an important consideration, which is why Senior’s patented PURe® casement windows were installed throughout. With their innovative thermal break, they are truly energy efficient, able to achieve U values as low as 0.73W/m2K (when calculated as a commercial CEN Standard window) which more than meets even the new Part L of the Building Regulations which will come into effect on 15th June 2022.

For durability, safety and security Senior’s robust SPW501 Doors, certified to PAS24 and Secured by Design standards, were installed at all entrances to cope with the expected heavy footfall.