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Discover our new Sports Complex

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 complex facilities will support and enable excellence in sport, health and fitness related degree programmes and associated teaching and research.

Work is set to complete within the next couple of months and, to commemorate the occasion, we are running a competition to showcase the facility.

We’re calling for current students to use their creative skills and individual skills to create a piece of art that will be displayed within the building. The winner will be given £200 worth of art supplies to support their future development.

Take a look at the competition details 

What it will deliver

Once complete, Solent's new sports complex 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.

CGI flythrough, February 2019


Location and design

The new sports complex 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 complex, 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 complex 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 complex to its location.

The complex 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 complex will continue to enhance the student and staff learning and teaching experience. The complex 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 complex 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 complex is Morgan Sindall, a leading UK construction and regeneration group.

Sports complex art competition

To celebrate the opening of the new sports complex, we are inviting students to create a piece of artwork that showcases the facility – a winner will then be selected from all of the entries – with the winning piece being displayed inside, and becoming a part of Solent University’s art collection.

The brief is open, and students are encouraged to use their creative skills and individual style to create a piece of art – ensuring the maximum size is A3 to enable the finished piece to be framed.

The artwork can focus on the new sports complex, either during building stage or at completion stage, and could incorporate all of the buildings on East Park Terrace, or focus solely on the new sports complex.

The entries will then be judged by a member of senior management at the University – with the winning piece being on display in the new complex. The winning student will also receive £200 worth of art supplies to support future development.

Final submission date: 30 May 2019
Official opening of sports complex: October 2019
To register your interest please email:

Terms and conditions

1) The competition will run from Dec 2018 – 30 May 2019 – any entries submitted after this date will not be included.
2) The prize will be £200 worth of art supplies, which will be discussed with the winner upon selection
3) Entrants must be current Solent University students
4) The competition is not open to employees of Solent University
5) The winner will be selected by a member of Senior Management at the University
6) The winner will be notified in June 2019 via email
7) The winning piece of art will be displayed by Solent, and will become part of the University’s art collection – by entering the competition you consent to this.
8) We would like to publicise the name of the competition winner. By entering the competition you consent to this. If you have any concerns or queries relating to this please contact us on  





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CGI fly-through video, November 2018

Interview with Jon Daines, director of Morgan Sindall, in September 2018

Alumni spotlight: Harry White

Harry White studied BSc (Hons) Construction Management and is now helping to construct the new sports complex.

Read our interview

Architects' interview, May 2018

Topping out ceremony

Marking the highest point during the building's construction, May 2018.

Read the article

Site update interview with Grant Wild, Senior Project Manager, Morgan Sindall, February 2018


Ground breaking ceremony

Plans reached a momentous milestone in September 2017.

Read the article 

Work starts on the new sports building, July 2017

Read the article 

A peek at the plans

Consultation period, November 2016

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