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David Morley wins £40m Nottingham sports complex contest

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David Morley Architects (DMA) has won a competition for a new £40 million sports complex at the University of Nottingham

Planned to complete in 2016, the project will replace an existing sports centre on Nottingham’s ‘University Park’ campus.

The new facility — known as the David Ross Sports Village — will feature a 3,840m² sports hall which is claimed will be the largest university sports hall in the UK.

The hall will include 20 badminton courts, 4 netball courts, 4 volleyball courts, 4 basketball courts, 4 handball courts, 4 indoor hockey pitches, 2 korfball pitches and 4 futsal pitches.

A separate climbing wall, indoor sprint track, strength and conditioning facility, archery and fencing hall, dance studios, snooker hall and martial arts dojo will also be included in the development alongside squash courts.

University sport director Dan Tilley said: ‘This major investment is part of our ambition to create an outstanding, inspirational and accessible sports infrastructure for students, staff and the wider community. We want to encourage people of all abilities to get involved in sport and activity, and allow them to rub shoulders with and train alongside some of the country’s leading athletes.’

He continued: ‘This fantastic new facility will enable us to attract more national and international events to the city of Nottingham. Across the University we have invested £300m in our buildings over the last five years, and this latest project is part of the next phase of development to improve our offering across our campuses.’

DMA partner David Morley added: ‘Our practice is best known for our award-winning sports buildings, including our work at Lord’s Cricket Ground and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

‘We have drawn on 25 years of experience and best practice, to design a state-of-the-art sports building at The University of Nottingham that will cater for 18 different sports and will house the largest University sports hall in the UK.’

The building will be named after Nottingham alumnus and Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross who has donated more than £10 million to the prestigious university.

DMA is working with Price & Myers, Max Fordham and Land Use Consultants on the project. Gardiner & Theobald is providing employers’ agent, project management and cost consultancy services for the university.

The project started on site in June this year.

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