Newcastle University Sports Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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."
Significant implementation of climate adaptation and innovative flooding resilience features.
A 60-metre gait analysis track and motion capture facility were provided.
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.