Start of £28m sports building for Solent Uni

Work has began on a £28m sports building at Solent University as part of an ongoing £100m estates development plan, which is transforming Solent’s East Park Terrace (EPT) campus. The new sports building will comprise of

Plans for flexible 50m pool in Derby unveiled

Plans for a swimming and leisure facility, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, have been unveiled by Derby City Council. The facility, which is being project managed

by Mace, is planned as a replacement swimming pool complex alongside the Moorways Athletic Stadium. The proposals include a 10-lane, 50m

swimming pool; a leisure water area for families and a learner pool. Additional features include a gym, fitness studios, sauna & steam rooms, café and soft play area. The pool contains two booms and two

moving floors, allowing the facility to form three separate 25 metre swimming spaces or a wide variety of other arrangements. The simple, modular design features two

differentiated volumes; a ‘wet’ box and a ‘dry’ box. The changes in level of the undulating

landscape have been addressed by stacking the boxes perpendicularly, creating a natural entrance in the ‘dry’ upper volume. Large glass openings at either end of each box, respond to the different characters of the setting. The elevational treatment of the volumes

creates two simple steel box portals, the silver palate of materials reflecting and celebrating the city’s enduring links with the aerospace industry. “It is a great pleasure to be working with the

Council again to integrate this 50m pool complex into its natural setting at Moorways. The new facility has been designed to respect the sensitive site context whilst creating a strong and inviting visual presence which draws inspiration from the city’s proud engineering heritage,” says Michael Hall, partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects.

£7m Elite Athlete Centre for Loughborough University

A four star Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel is being developed at Loughborough University to offer an aspirational space for athletes, businesses and fitness enthusiasts. Set in the heart of Loughborough University’s

sports facilities, the £7m development will feature a 44 bedroom hotel, 20 specially designed altitude rooms, eight accessible bedrooms, a

nutrition lounge, café and seminar space for 30. Quiet Zones and Passive Zones will provide areas to relax or take part in activities such as yoga and pilates, whilst the Active Zone will include a climbing and bouldering wall. Hailed as the European first, the facility will

be operated by Loughborough University’s hotel, conference and events provider Imago Venues. Together they are developing a range of packages for athletes, teams, businesses and individuals that include use of the Elite Athlete Centre, as well as the university’s other sports and event facilities. These can be combined with leading coaches, sports scientists, nutritionists and experts in the physical and mental needs of competitive activity. The Elite Athlete Centre will open in autumn

2018. Sport England is funding £1m of the build cost of the facility.


two sports halls, three fitness studios, a health and wellbeing gym, a strength and conditioning gym and high quality teaching facilities. Parking will also be available underneath the building. The development has been designed by

lead contractor Morgan Sindall and their team, including Architecture PLB and Arup engineers, supported by planning consultants JLL. The new structure will sit alongside the

university’s primary learning and teaching building, the Spark. The university has been rated 31 out of 127 for its facilities in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards, which are based on 27,000 student reviews of universities, and was recently named Most Improved University at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) National Awards. “This building will not only enhance the

learning experience for our students and staff, but also deepen the university's connections with our wider local community, supporting the regions’ economic growth and development,” says Graham Baldwin, vice-chancellor at Southampton Solent University. The building is set to open to students in

summer 2019.

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