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New £16m Sports Centre starts to get in shape

Published on: 30 July 2018

Indoor sports facilities at Newcastle University have received a multi-million pound boost.

Designed to provide space for performance and recreational sport plus academic space for sports research and teaching, the £16.2m Sports Centre will incorporate facilities for a range of sports and leisure activities. The 5,962 square metre building will include an eight court sports hall, four squash courts, Sport and Exercise Science Labs, a second strength and conditioning room, spin studio and a gym. 

To celebrate a key milestone in the construction, University staff, its lawyers at Muckle LLP and the team from contractor Clugston Construction gathered to watch the early sections of the steel frame being lowered into position on Wednesday 16 July.

Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Project Sponsor, said: “It’s very exciting to see the building starting to take shape. This is a key project that will enable us to continue to provide support to our top-performing teams and individual athletes and make sport more accessible to all students and staff.

“The new facilities will support the BSc Sports and Exercise Science programme. Led by Professor Emma Stevenson, this degree programme provides a strong scientific foundation in sport and exercise-related sciences and an understanding of how these relate to human performance and health.”

Newcastle University staff, lawyers from Muckle LLP and the team from contractor Clugston Construction

Top university for sport

Clugston’s Contracts Manager, John Manning, said: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone which enables people to appreciate the scale of the new facility. Getting to this point on programme is a testimony to the hard work and collaboration of our team, our suppliers and the University’s Estate Team.”

The next stage of the project will include the installation of the suspended concrete floor slabs and the attractive external profile cladding and glazing.

Lucilla Waugh, partner at Muckle LLP, said: “It is a pleasure to have advised Newcastle University on this state-of-the-art development, which will add to its already impressive estate and further its reputation as one of the most innovative universities in the country.”

This milestone follows on from the University’s third consecutive top 10 BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) ranking, which has cemented Newcastle as one of the best universities for sport in the UK.

Newcastle’s consistently high performance on the sports field is backed by the investment of almost £32m in new state–of-the-art sports facilities. In addition to the Sports Centre, work is also due to start at Cochrane Park Sports Ground to create three 3G artificial turf pitches alongside an extended and improved pavilion.

Image - From left to right: John Manning – Clugston Contract Manager; Kris Tyler – Newcastle University Estate Support Service Project Surveyor; Jack Hunter, Estate Support Service, Newcastle University; Lucilla Waugh, Partner at Muckle LLP; Adam Aston, Senior Associate, Muckle; Dr Phil Ansell – Dean of Sport, Newcastle University; Professor Suzanne Cholerton – Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, Newcastle University; Professor Emma Stevenson - Professor of Sport & Exercise Science, Newcastle University; Colin Blackburn – Director of Sport, Newcastle University; Neil Wilson – Estate Support Service Project Engineer; Martin McGill – Clugston Project Manager.

An artist's impression of the Sports Centre

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