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£40m sports complex for Nottingham Uni


David Morley Architects has won the competition to design the new £40m sports complex, which will house the largest university sports hall in the UK.


“WE have drawn on 25 years of experience and best practice to design a state-of-the- art sports building at The University of Nottingham that will cater for 18 different sports and will house the largest university sports hall in the UK,” said David Morley, partner at David Morley Architects. The construction of the new complex


will see the comprehensive redevelopment of the existing sports centre to make way for a new building, which will be three times the previous size. The complex will include a new main sports hall, 200 station fitness suite, sports science facilities and office accommodation. The creation of a modern, custom-built sporting infrastructure will play a major role in inspiring increased participation. The new building will house the largest


university sports hall in the UK at 3,840sq m that will offer 20 badminton courts, four netball courts, four volleyball courts, four basketball courts, four handball courts, four indoor hockey pitches, two korfball pitches and four futsall pitches.


The building is also expected to include a


climbing wall, indoor sprint track, strength and conditioning facility, archery and fencing hall, dance studios, snooker hall and martial arts dojo. Squash courts are proposed including a full glass court with spectator seating. The new development will help deliver


the University’s ambition to significantly increase participation in sports at all levels - from encouraging children to experience a range of new sporting pastimes, through to the enhancement of elite performance at a national and international level. “This major investment is part of our


ambition to create an outstanding, inspirational and accessible sports infrastructure for students, staff and the wider community,” said Dan Tilley, director of sport at the University. “This fantastic new facility will enable us


to attract more national and international events to the city of Nottingham. Across the University we have invested £300m in our


buildings over the last five years, and this latest project is part of the next phase of development to improve our offering across our campuses.” The new complex, which will be called


the David Ross Sports Village, is supported by a very significant commitment from Nottingham alumnus and Carphone Warehouse founder, David Ross, taking his total support for the University beyond £10m. Construction on the new complex started in June 2015 and completion is expected in August 2016. David Morley Architects’ winning design


competition team included Price & Myers, Max Fordham LLP and Land Use Consultants. Gardiner & Theobald is providing employers’ agent, project management and cost consultancy services for the university.


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