a computer generated image from the outside of the new sports centre

Opening 2021

Outstanding, award winning Sports Centre for students, staff and Portsmouth

We're building a new sports centre for our students, staff and the local community. The building is designed to be one of the UK's greenest sports facilities. It will look like a pavilion and will connect with the historic Ravelin Park in Old Portsmouth.

Residents, students and staff will all be able to enjoy the facilities. A range of classes and courses, personal training and very affordable membership with great benefits will be available. There will also be spaces for hire. For more information visit sportportsmouth.co.uk

New sports centre facilities

  • 8 court sports hall
  • 8 lane 25m swimming pool
  • Fitness suite and multi-purpose studios
  • Squash courts
  • Ski simulator
  • Climbing wall
  • Teaching spaces
  • Café
  • Underground car park

Key facts


  • Location: Next to the University Library at the junction of Cambridge Road and Museum Road
  • Expected Completion Date: 2021
  • Size: 11,009 m²
  • Cost: £57 M
  • Architects: FaulknerBrowns

Take a tour of the Ravelin Sports Centre construction site

Walkthrough our sports centre site

Sustainable, award-winning design

Designed to be one of the UK’s greenest sports facilities, the building aims to create new standards for sustainability and energy efficiency. The design received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from BREEAM UK, the world’s leading sustainability assessment for buildings.

Our sports centre has also won the Public Sector Project: Design Stage Award at the BREEAM Awards 2020. This is a prestigious award which recognises projects demonstrating the highest level of innovation in terms of sustainability over the previous 12 months.

The design includes features to create renewable energy from the roof solar panels and internal heat recovery systems, re-use the pool water for toilet flushing, manage waste water drainage by creating an urban orchard and have a biodiverse grassed roof with beehives. We will also make improvements to Ravelin Park by adding new pathways.

The roof will be biodiverse, covered in grass and have beehives

Pool water will be re-used for toilet flushing


Renewable energy will be generated from roof solar panels and internal heat recovery systems

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