Willmott Dixon delivers University of Warwick’s new sports facility

WCN Editorial Team 16 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of Warwick Sports and Wellness Hub, constructed by Willmott Dixon, has been opened to staff, students and the community.

David Morley Architects-designed hub has been developed to replace all former on-campus health and fitness facilities.

Constructed with an investment of £36m, the new 16,684ft² sports facility features smart building technology and coolant technology to provide required temperature for any given sport and dynamic lighting that automatically adjusts in certain rooms at certain times of the day to create the optimal ambience.

The facility includes a swimming pool with a boom, which is a floor that can be raised or lowered to accommodate competitions or general use, at the touch of a button.

The new hub, which has been designed to accommodate a range of sports and uses, features a main hall that provides a multi-functional space with high ceilings.

Its 15m-high climbing wall offers 144 different routes, and the gym is said to be the largest in the higher education sector with 230 stations.

The facility is integrated with multiple solutions including the off-site construction of the plant room.

The construction firm said that the digital construction technology played a significant role across the delivery of the hub and it diverted 100% of waste away from landfill during the project.

Willmott Dixon Midlands managing director Peter Owen said: “This was a hugely exciting and unique project. The design of the building and the level of smart technology that has been implemented throughout is outstanding.

“This project also featured extensive innovative use of digital construction technology, beyond BIM, which was crucial in achieving a quality finished product.”

The new facility also provides natural ventilation and views of the surrounding woodland in all directions.

The hub also includes fitness and martial arts studios, squash courts, as well as 3G sports pitches, car parking, and netball courts. It serves as a training ground for Coventry’s Wasps Netball Superleague team.

University of Warwick sport and active communities director Lisa Dodd-Mayne said: “The Sport and Wellness Hub is a world-class facility in Coventry and Warwickshire open to everyone and will inspire everyone who walks through the door to get active.”

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Image: The hub has been developed to replace all former on-campus health and fitness facilities. Photo: courtesy of Willmott Dixon.

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