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Newcastle University Sports Centre

The new sports centre provides facilities to promote and research elite performance as well as catering for participation at all levels.
Modern sports hall interior with light wooden walls and a floor with various coloured lines painted, a group of people are laying a sports game in the centre of the hall

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom


Newcastle University


Ryder Architecture

The project involved the construction of a new 6,500m2 three-storey building and refurbishment of the existing sports centre, situated adjacent to the new build. The new building incorporates sports analysis laboratories and sports facilities, including an eight-court sports hall, squash courts, studio space and a gait track.

Key considerations for the building design centred around the University’s sustainability aspirations and the use of low energy building services systems. Solutions included connection into the University district heating system, a naturally ventilated sports hall and squash courts and the use of energy efficient LED lighting and lighting controls throughout. Large cantilevered blocks on the eastern and western elevations at first floor level provided the required width to the main eight-court sports hall, above the restricted building area at ground floor level.

Gordon Reid, Partner, commented, "During the design stage of the project, extensive modelling and investigation work was undertaken to assess the vibration analysis of the main eight-court sports hall which cantilevered over the surrounding roads."

Key fact

Significant implementation of climate adaptation and innovative flooding resilience features.


Key fact

A 60-metre gait analysis track and motion capture facility were provided.


Key fact

The building sits on material deposited from an adjacent site to avoid off-site disposal.


The building is undoubtedly state of the art and will enhance the University’s reputation for delivering first class sporting facilities.