Work Starts on Cambridge Sports Centre
Construction work has begun on the site of the £16 million Phase One of
the long-awaited Cambridge Sports Centre at West Cambridge.
Shiner, Managing Director of SDC Builders Ltd., the main contractor for
the project, welcomed more than 80 guests to a ground-breaking ceremony
at the site this week to mark the start of work.
included architects, engineers and other contractors, key figures in
Sport at the University and Guest of Honour Professor Sir Leszek
Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University.
architecturally stunning Cambridge Sports Centre, designed by Arup
Associates, will welcome patrons into a grand lobby and lounge area
complete with audio-visual space to catch the latest match or lunchtime
lecture, and a café. From this area, through an elegant glass
partition, will be visible the spacious fitness suite with a full range
of state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment.
At the core of
the Centre will be a vast sports hall, housing two full-size courts for
basketball, badminton, boxing, five-a-side football, volleyball, netball
and other court games.
There will be an impressive strength
and conditioning wing, with free-weights platforms and a three-lane
plyometric track. This will be an important resource for students and
members of the public alike, whether their focus is on training for
health and wellbeing, rehabilitation or in support of sports
A large multi-purpose room will cater to the martial
arts, yoga, spinning, and floor-based exercises including fencing,
dancing and gymnastics.
There will be space for future
provision, subject to funding, of a sports medicine and rehabilitation
space and a separate wing of six fives courts (three of each discipline)
and a row of five international-standard squash courts.
will provide a world-class accessible facility for recreation, training
and competition and will bring together, under one roof, hundreds of
athletes from the University and the local community.
Shiner said: “We are delighted to be a part of the delivery of such a
refreshing building which will no doubt amongst other things produce
champions for the benefit of the country. We will all be able to feel
that we have an investment in their success.”
Director of Estate Management, said: “Everyone has worked extremely
hard, contributing a great deal, to reach this stage and we have an
excellent project team in place. I now look forward to delivery of a
superb building and a successful sports project.”
Director of Physical Education, said: “The first phase of the project
will initiate a step-change in the quality and scope of sport facilities
available to the University population and the local community. It will
enable the Physical Education Department to significantly expand its
The Vice-Chancellor said: “This is a key
project for the University. Through its impact on the individual, sport
helps the University achieve it mission of pursuing education, learning
and research at the highest levels of international excellence. This
state-of-the-art Sports Hall will mark a new era for Cambridge sport.”
Cambridge Sports Centre is expected to open in October 2013.
Two further phases are planned, subject to funding, to provide indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a 50 metre swimming pool.
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