Ravelin Sports Centre: a year in the making

Close up of terracotta cladding on the new Ravelin Sports Centre

An update on our new sports centre due to open later this year

  • 07 January 2021
  • 3 min read

Captured on our webcam last year, see below how the building of Ravelin Sports Centre has progressed.  We have built the pool, erected the steel frame, installed drainage, a green roof and exterior glazing. The building is now watertight and work continues to complete the planned facilities that include a 25m 8 lane swimming pool, 175 station fitness suite, climbing wall, ski simulator, café and 8 court sports hall.

One of the sports centres' most prominent design features is its striking band of terracotta cladding. This terracotta band is completely bespoke and gives a unique character to the building.  The pattern of 13,948 individual terracotta baguettes (hollow clay batons) never repeats. In a new blog, architect Justin Moorton explains why variation in architecture matters to our wellbeing and the approach taken to design our sports centre.
Wide view of terracotta cladding on Ravelin Sports Centre

The terracotta band creates an endless pattern to compliment the buildings surroundings. Image provided by Richard Chivers, FaulknerBrowns Architects.

Opening later this year for students, staff and local residents, Ravelin Sports Centre is designed to the highest sustainability credentials for Sports Centres in the UK. This facility is aiming to be zero carbon and has received a top rating of ‘Outstanding’ from BREEAM UK, the world’s leading sustainability assessment for buildings.

For more information https://bit.ly/RavelinSportsCentre.

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