project profile

the use of glass and wood brings a natural feel to the building and brings the beautiful Warwickshire countryside inside

Key facilities

• 230-station gym across a modern, light and spacious gym floor with dedicated zone for strength training, including 13 Olympic lifting platforms

• 25m, 12 lane swimming pool with movable floor and 94 seat spectator area

• Multi-purpose sports arena, with up to 12 courts. Retractable seating for up to 1,012 people, including 8 wheelchair bays

• Smaller sports hall with up to four courts

• Combat Hall - specialised martial arts space

spectate,” says Carter-Morris.

To date, these include the Badminton U15’s Quad event with the four home nations competing in singles, doubles and a team event and the Vitality Netball Superleague. The event attracted 1,000 spectators and was shown live on Sky. This summer the university will host the European Corporate Games and the Hub is also the official training venue for Wasps Netball, GB Transplant team as well as some of the GB climbers hoping to compete in Tokyo 2020. The university is in discussions with Badminton England and England Squash about hosting more events in the future.

improving participation

The University of Warwick is one of the world’s leading universities and the new Sports and Wellness Hub will be a huge recruitment tool.

More than this, it recognises the positive impact that sport and physical activity can have on the health and wellbeing of students. “The Hub was fully funded by the university; this level of investment shows the importance we place on sport and physical activity, how this enhances the student experience and how such exceptional facilities can be used to recruit prospective students in the future,” says Carter-Morris.

“The feedback to date has been exceptionally positive. The new climbing wall has been very well received in the local community with the facilities reaching capacity during the first week of opening. The pool has been very popular with the local community and the new gym has had excellent feedback from all users, in particular from the performance athletes at Warwick.” The university aims to increase

• Six glass-backed squash courts, with raised seating area for spectators. Courts include adjustable height tins for different skill levels. Moveable side wall on one court increases court size for doubles play

• Four fitness spaces, plus dedicated spin and rowing studios

• Indoor climbing centre, catering for lead, bouldering and speed disciplines. Includes 706sq m of climbable surface, up to 15m high; 144 wall routes that are regularly changed, two 15m speed walls; 296sq m bouldering area and auto- belays for clip and climb

• Sports massage and physiotherapy clinic • Outdoor sports pitches 21

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