New sport and social facility

Issued: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:19:00 GMT

At the bottom of University Avenue a major new development of the Glasgow University Union (GUU) and Stevenson Sports Building is under way.

The 1960s GUU extension, which housed the Hive nightclub, has been demolished and a new five-storey sports and social venue is going up on the site. Set to open in early 2015, the new Stevenson Hive building will house a café, bars and a new nightclub, as well as a major extension to the current sports facility.

‘It is an ambitious project and one that is part of our ongoing strategy to improve and invest in an innovative way,’ says Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli. 

Students, staff, alumni and the local community will have greater access to sport through this new development. There will be significant muscle conditioning and cardiovascular provision (1400m²), a competition size basketball court, a martial art studio and an increase of studio space. 

It is hoped that the new facility will also greatly improve the experience of club sports. ‘Sports clubs will have more space to train and compete, and they’ll be able to have more people watching them,’ explains Grant Reilly, the marketing & business development manager for Sport & Recreation. ‘There will be a larger viewing gallery, and it’ll be a real hub for club sport.’

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