Fitness suite extension making great strides

The project team behind the new fitness suite extension at the University of Nottingham is celebrating reaching the half way mark in the project.  Nottinghamshire-based construction company, Woodhead, is currently delivering the extension to the sports centre.  Work includes a brand new spin studio, link corridor, and high quality gymnasium space for approximately 100 fitness stations.

Craig Pygall, Construction Director of Robert Woodhead Limited, said: “The site team has been working hard to keep disruption to a minimum, as the sports centre is still open during the works. “The team has had to deal with a number of challenges on the project including building over a significant amount of underground electrical and water utilities.”

The Jubilee Sports Centre is located on Triumph Road, within the University’s Innovation Park. The centre offers a variety of facilities, catering for a wide range of sports, mainly supporting the university’s club members, sports teams and private hirers. Richard Wigginton, Senior Capital Projects Officer at The University of Nottingham, said: “It has been fantastic to get the team together to see how quickly the extension is progressing.

“The extension will add to the existing sports facilities available to the students and offer really high quality gym and fitness space. I am looking forward to the project completing for the new academic year.”

Project architects, Lathams, and structural engineers, Price and Myers, also attended the event. James Boon, the architect behind the design, added: “We’ve managed to design a visually striking building by raising the whole new floor up on columns to bridge over the electricity services. We are pleased to be able to add our architecture to a university campus which includes works by Michael Hopkins and Ken Shuttleworth.”

The extension to the Fitness Suite is one of a number of projects the local company has completed for the University of Nottingham. Most recently they have completed refurbishment works to the New Theatre and a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ wrap around extension to the Grade II Listed, Highfield House.