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A key design feature of the main
building is the grandstand overlooking the
outdoor athletics track. To create a
roofed but open sided grandstand with
raked seating for 600 spectators, one
corner of the building has been cut-away
in a dramatic design statement on the
most prominent visible corner of the
building. Underneath the grandstand, at
Inside the main building.
ground level, a pavilion has been
incorporated into the main building along
with changing rooms accessible from the banks of retractable seating will provide security cordon that will surround the
outside to serve the adjacent athletics space for up to 750 spectators for area. This will enable easy access for
track and outdoor sports pitches. staging sports events. members of the public in and out of the
With an internal floor area of 8,800 The multi-use leisure venue will also complex without the need to introduce
square metres, the 95 metre by 75 metre include a pool hall containing an eight- security protocols.
main building will provide a breadth of lane, 25-metre competition pool alongside During the core military training hours,
exemplar facilities far exceeding any a four-lane, 17-metre swim-down/learner the facilities will be used mainly by the MOD
other leisure centres in the local area. pool. A café and dining area will be personnel. However, as is often found
located at one end of the central street with leisure centres of this nature, the
and a 450 sqm fitness suite will be peak periods of public demand tend to be
the leisure complex contained within a gallery at first floor at evenings and weekends and this is
will be outside the
level with views over the street and main when the public will have the opportunity
sports hall. to use the Picketston sports complex. In
principal cordon that
Externally, the range of outdoor sports addition, discussions are underway to
pitches available at the Picketston site ensure that local schools and sports
will surround the area
will again bring competition-standard clubs are also able to use the facilities.
facilities to the local area. These include Whilst the Picketston sports complex is
an eight-lane all-weather, floodlit the principal sports facility, there are also
The main sports hall has been designed athletics track, all-weather football and additional sports facilities for military
with flexibility and adaptability at the hockey pitches, one floodlit and four training and recreational use within the
fore. It will contain 12 badminton-sized further grass rugby pitches, four grass main site, which include a sports hall,
courts which can be configured in a football pitches and a cricket square. squash and fitness suites as well as
number of ways using dividing nets. Its Whilst these sports and leisure further five-a-side pitches and multi use
sprung floor will be marked out for a facilities are primarily to serve the games areas.
range of indoor sports including military personnel during their stay at the
basketball, football, hockey and DTC, the public will have access to the
badminton. In addition, four activity amenities available. The first step
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spaces with wall-mounted gymnasium towards facilitating this was the decision
equipment and a climbing wall will be to locate the leisure complex to the north
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created at one end of the hall. Three of the main DTC site, outside the principal
The DTC will create a development
similar in size to a small town.
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