Stevenson Building HIVE Building


The Stevenson HIVE Building is a BREEAM Excellent facility which interconnects with the Glasgow University Union and Stevenson buildings to form a sports and leisure hub.

Location: Glasgow

Client: University of Glasgow

Project Value: £10m

Status: Complete

Specialisation: BREEAM Excellent

The new Stevenson HIVE building provides the University of Glasgow students two night clubs, two cafes, cardiovascular and muscle conditioning suites, a double height sports hall and a viewing gallery.  

Located adjacent to the grade B listed Glasgow University Union (the GUU) and set within the Glasgow West Conservation Area, the new building uses a repetitive window and ‘chimneys’ design to reflect the tenement buildings nearby, and sets back its top floor to tie its main building lines in with the GUU next door.  

To minimise the blank facades of the building’s interior, we suggested that a café be installed to the front of the nightclub on the ground floor which would then activate this street frontage. Locating the two conditioning floors above this pushed the blank façade of the sports hall to the top of the building. Setting this back as a glass box from the main building line, we were then able to further minimise the building mass whilst creating this facility as a hidden feature of its own. 


  • Winner: Scottish Green Apple Awards / Award for Environmental Best Practice 
  • Shortlisted: Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Construction Excellence Awards  

Photos by McAteer Photograph. 


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