Set within the grounds of a historic Abbey on the banks of the River Thames the National Sports Centre provides facilities for a large range of sporting activities from the elite athlete through to the recreational. The Abbey was once the home of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and now provides facilities for a number of National governing bodies of sport as well as a venue for weddings and conferences.
The new development for Sport England comprises of a new extended sports centre, a separate Performance Centre for sports science and injury, external clay and acrylic surface tennis courts, car parking, flood alleviation area providing a useful extension to the existing golf course and associated landscaping. The development was completed in phases whilst allowing the existing facilities to remain open.
The development of the existing sports facility required the demolition of part of the existing centre whilst retaining the main sports hall creating a new entrance, hall for the National Judo Academy, Weightlifting, and changing facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports, sauna, steam room, squash courts, sports bar, office facilities all wrapped around a two storey fitness gym.
Project completed with Widdup/Amer Architects.