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Ravelin Sports Centre opens

Ravelin Sports Centre Opening Aerial View Faulknerbrowns Architects Lh

The University of Portsmouth’s new Ravelin Sports Centre has been officially opened to the public, by Paralympic athlete Lauren Steadman MBE.

The project provides a 25m eight-lane swimming pool, an eight-court sports hall, a 175-station fitness suite, multifunctional studios, climbing and bouldering facilities, squash courts and a ski simulator, alongside teaching facilities and office space.

Senior associate Irina Korneychuk, partner Mike Hall and senior architectural technologist Adam Walton attended the opening ceremony for the centre, which was designed in collaboration with Max Fordham LLP to meet ambitious targets for energy use and set a new benchmark for sustainable sports facilities in the UK.

Ravelin Sports Centre Opening Mike Hall Faulknerbrowns Architects L
Mike Hall presenting the design concept at the opening

Located alongside Ravelin Park, Ravelin Sports Centre is open to both the university campus and the wider city of Portsmouth and aims to visibly promote the health and wellbeing benefits of sport.

‘This is a truly exceptional sports centre with first-class, high-quality facilities, designed and constructed to the highest specifications of sustainability. It’s tremendously exciting that our students, staff and community can enjoy one of the best sports facilities in the UK.’

- Paul Tilley, director of sport and recreation at the University of Portsmouth