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Part of an ongoing £100 million estates development plan transforming Solent’s East Park Terrace (EPT) campus to improve and modernise the University, the new sports building facilities will support and enable excellence in sport, health and fitness related degree programmes and associated teaching and research.

What it will deliver

Once complete, Solent's new sports building will comprise of:

  • Two sports halls (including performance, events and multipurpose facilities)
  • Two fitness studios and spin studio
  • General purpose gym (accessible by the public)
  • Strength and conditioning high performance gym
  • Health and fitness, and personal training teaching gyms
  • Sports and exercise therapy clinical space.

Limited parking will also be available underneath the building.

CGI flythrough, November 2018


Location and design

The new sports building will sit on the northern end of the East Park Terrace (EPT) campus, next to Solent’s Spark building, which opened at the start of the academic year 2016/17. The new structure will link to the rest of the EPT site to create a thriving, student community across a range of excellent facilities. 

The appointed architects for the sports building, Architecture PLB, designed the building to fit with its current surroundings. The hard landscape will pick up on the materials used in the Spark, but will introduce an ‘accent’ brick material that will provide a dark contrast to the surrounding, paler landscaping.

The building has two distinct parts, which will be clad in contrasting materials. The gym tower has a striking perforated facade which wraps the entire building, covering some windows and exposing others to reveal the activities within. At night, the covered windows will be revealed, creating a dynamic change to the look of the building.

By altering the size of the circular perforations in the aluminium rain screen cladding, the team designed a striking pattern across the façade based on an abstraction of the pre-war street layout of the surrounding area. The design team felt it was important to document the ‘lost history’ of the site and root the building to its location.

The building has been designed to achieve BREEAM excellent as well as comply with Southampton City Council’s Core Strategy Policy – tackling and adapting climate change.



Timeline of the sports building construction

Please note, the dates given within the timeline are indicative and subject to change slightly throughout the build process. Keep an eye on our updates section to find out more about the latest developments.


Who it will benefit

Once complete, the new sports building will continue to enhance the student and staff learning and teaching experience. The building will also be a key component of the University’s expanding and considered offering to its diverse community, including:

  • Staff
    • Academics
    • Professional services
    • Solent Sport
  • Students
    • Current
    • Prospective
    • Students Union
  • Alumni
  • External stakeholders
    • Council and other regulatory bodies
    • Geographical community
    • Local schools
    • Business community
    • Non-university users of the current St Mary’s site.

Background information

Solent University’s new sports building will be located on the northern end of the East Park Terrace campus.

The University sport facilities are currently provided across a number of sites including the East Park Terrace campus and at satellite sites across the city. The new sports facility will improve the University’s academic and extra-curricular sport requirement by bringing key indoor facilities to the main East Park Terrace campus.

The new sports facility will support and enable excellence in sport, health and fitness related degree programmes. It will also support the University’s ambitions to increase its profile and standing in the BUCS league (British Universities & Colleges Sport) and provide national quality facilities for sports, especially basketball and netball.

The lead contractor for the new sports building is Morgan Sindall, a leading UK construction and regeneration group.


February 2018

Steel frame: 




January 2018

Steel frame: 



September 2017

Groundbreaking ceremony:


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