THE £20million sports facilities redevelopment at the University of Stirling passed a major milestone when it reached its highest point recently.

Nearly 5,000cubic metres of concrete and 260tonnes of steel are in place across all three levels of the building, which is set to open next summer.

The next phase of the development will see the installation of a glass-based exterior.

The update came as the establishment was named UK Sports University of the Year.

Professor Gerry McCormac, university principal and vice chancellor, said: “The sports facilities redevelopment is part of a significant investment we are making in our campus and it’s fantastic to see it progress at such a pace.

“Having been named the UK’s Sports University of the Year, the sport and wellbeing offer at the university, in terms of participation, performance, research and education, has never been stronger and the redevelopment will play a huge role in enhancing the student experience at Stirling.”

Gill Thayne, Stirling University Sports Union President, added: “We’re really pleased with the level of investment being made in the campus and the sports facilities redevelopment is one of the leading projects within that.

“It’s been great to see the progress being made on-site and some of the spaces are looking particularly impressive.

“It’s a fantastic project to be involved in and we look forward to working with the University of Stirling Sport team to maximise the opportunities it will bring for all students at the university.”