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University of Portsmouth appointment

Portsmouth University Sports Centre Portsmouth Sport Design Team Review Lh

Following an internationally competitive procurement process, we have been selected by the University of Portsmouth to design a new state-of-the-art indoor sports centre.

We will now lead the team responsible for delivering the £50 million facility, a major part of the university’s estate masterplan. The building, to be situated in Ravelin Park, will combine an eight-lane swimming pool, a fitness suite, sports hall, climbing wall and squash courts. It will provide first-class sports facilities for training, recreation and competition, as well as events and exhibitions.

Professor Graham Galbraith, University of Portsmouth Vice Chancellor, said: “In selecting FaulknerBrowns Architects we will be raising the quality of building design for the University and the city by being sensitive to the environment in which it will sit and by setting a high benchmark for future developments.

“Our university sports facilities have a critical role to play in the wellbeing, academic standing and quality of lifestyle for students and staff alike. This also offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with our community, which is why it is our intention to make a number of our new facilities, such as the swimming pool, open to schools and community groups.”

Michael Hall, Partner at FaulknerBrowns, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with the university to develop plans for this world class facility. The design process will be influenced by the principles of flexibility and sustainability to maximise the potential to promote wellbeing throughout the campus, as well as developing the university’s performance athletes.”