A DEVELOPMENT at the University of Stirling has won a prestigious architecture award.

The Campus Central development is one of seven Scottish buildings named  by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland as winners of the 2023 RIAS Awards.

The £23million redevelopment will now be considered for the 2023 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award – one of the most significant architecture prizes in the world.

A three-storey complex, Campus Central opened in 2021 featuring vibrant, digitally connected spaces for socialising and study along with shops, cafés and more.

Professor Leigh Sparks, deputy principal and chair of the Campus Central Project Board, said: “Campus Central has transformed our campus and become the beating heart of the University - encouraging connections and engagement across our communities.

“The enhanced learning and social experiences Campus Central offers have been welcomed by students and staff.

“We are delighted that Campus Central has now been recognised by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland with this prestigious award.”

The RIAS jury said the project, led by Page/Park Architects, elevated the student experience and is a worthy addition to the parkland campus.

This year’s RIAS Awards jury was chaired by IF_DO director Sarah Castle alongside Ben Addy of Moxon Architects, Bennetts Associates co-founder Denise Bennetts and Elly McCrone, director of heritage at Historic Environment Scotland.

Sarah Castle said: “It was a joy to travel around Scotland visiting the projects shortlisted for the 2023 RIAS Awards.

“From homes to community centres and educational institutions, the projects we visited showcase architecture of the highest calibre – beautifully conceived, carefully detailed, sustainable, and innovative.

“They demonstrate the way in which Scottish architects are responding to the challenges of our time, from the climate crisis to loneliness and social isolation.

“At their best, these are projects which couldn’t be anywhere else in the world.

“They draw on the rich history of Scottish architecture and playfully respond to their context – to the historic cities and diverse landscapes of dramatic mountains, glens and forests.

“They contain the essence of what makes architecture in Scotland so special.”

A winner's plaque to be affixed to the building will be presented at a reception this Thursday, June 8.