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One of the UK’s most sustainable sports centre is set for opening

August 30, 2022

The University of Portsmouth’s new Ravelin Sports Centre opens this weekend to new members of the public. Facilities include an 8 court sports hall, 25m swimming pool, 175 station fitness suite, a climbing wall and ski simulator.

Gym at Ravelin Sports Centre
Fitness suite at Ravelin Sports Centre

Ravelin Sports Centre will be one of the UK’s most sustainable sports centres. The design received a top rating of ‘Outstanding’ from BREEAM UK, the world’s leading sustainability assessment for buildings, and is set to achieve a BREEAM outstanding rating for its construction. The swimming pool is naturally lit, with natural ventilation used where possible to minimise energy usage with water conservation measures in place such as the pool water being reused to flush the toilets. A wildflower amphitheatre events space has been created to develop biodiversity in the surrounding parkland.

This is a landmark building for the University and for the City of Portsmouth and will provide an amazing experience for everyone who uses it.

Professor Graham Galbraith CBE, Vice-Chancellor said:

“Ravelin is a truly exceptional sports centre with first class high quality facilities, designed and constructed to the highest specifications of sustainability. It’s tremendously exciting that we can now look forward to our students and community enjoying one of the best sports facilities in the UK.

“This is a landmark building for the University and for the City of Portsmouth and will provide an amazing experience for everyone who uses it.”

Improvements to Ravelin Park include an entrance plaza between the sports building and the University Library, new pedestrian routes, a wildflower meadow and an urban orchard, more trees in the park and opening up views to the historic buildings on Museum Road.

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