sustainable buildings

New standards for sustainability

University of Portsmouth has unveiled plans for a new sustainable sports facility produced by international design practice FaulknerBrowns Architects.

THE new sports facility is the first major phase of Portsmouth University’s estate development masterplan, which aims to reshape its city centre campus to enhance the student experience and strengthen connections with rest of the city. The proposed plans will significantly enhance the non-academic life of students, promoting health and wellbeing through the provision of a wide range of opportunities for activity and movement. The practice was appointed following an

open design competition last summer and will now lead a team of Max Fordham, Mott MacDonald and LDA Design in delivering the facility. The proposals include an eight court sports hall, eight lane 25m swimming pool, fitness suite, multipurpose studios,

squash courts, climbing wall and a ski simulator as well as teaching facilities and office space. The building design sets new standards

for sustainability for a sports building and as a result is on target to be the first to be BREEAM rated Outstanding. Considered arrangement of the building’s spaces provides the opportunity to exploit natural light and ventilation, whilst top lighting of the sports hall and pool hall provides further opportunity for energy reduction. An array of photovoltaic panels and a biodiverse green roof bolster the buildings sustainability credentials further. The site for the new sports facility is

located on the corner of Ravelin Park at an important juncture between the

university campus and the city centre. It presents an opportunity to create a welcoming gateway into the university quarter and establish a public facing presence in the city centre. The site strategy has been developed to grasp this opportunity whilst responding sensitively to the park and surrounding context. The building design strategy places the

dry sport activities addressing the urban edge, while the pool is positioned in the setting of the park. The relatively solid and constrained volume of the sports hall has been raised up to the first level allowing the more transparent and high occupancy spaces, such as the fitness suite and studios, to be placed at ground level providing animation and interest to the city facing entrance. The transparency of the ground plane blends the relationship between the inside and the outside spilling activity from the building into an attractively landscaped public environment. This openness and inclusivity serves to inspire students, members of staff and the public to engage and participate. “We are excited to unveil our plans for a

sports facility which promotes integration of the university campus with its surroundings and applies the contemporary principles of active design. This will create an environment which promotes health and wellbeing by inspiring people to be more active, throughout the University of Portsmouth, and the city as a whole,” said Irina Korneychuk, project leader at FaulknerBrowns.

The facility is set to be the first sports building to be BREEAM rated Outstanding 42

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