Lancaster University opened a brand new £20m Sports Centre in August 2011, featuring the very latest in top of the range sporting facilities.
Located just off the A6 on the main drive up to the campus and next to the rugby pitches, the facilities are open to students, staff and the general public.
Facilities include a 25 metre Swimming Pool with 8 lanes - including a ‘floating floor' which can vary the depth of the pool, Climbing Wall & Bouldering Cave which has been specially designed with input from renowned mountaineer and university Chancellor Sir Chris Bonington, Health & Fitness Suites, Sauna & Steam Rooms, Sports Hall with 8 badminton Courts, 4 Squash Courts and outdoor changing facilities for field games. There is also a state-of-the art, 100 station gym.
There is a varied programme of activities at the Centre which includes casual hire of facilities such as badminton, netball, 5-a-side etc, instructed classes (aerobics, other fitness classes), personal training and children's activities such as sports coaching and Multi-Activity Days throughout the holidays. The Centre also delivers swimming lessons to the local community both through LEA swimming lessons and the University swimming tuition scheme.
The design and development process took two years, and ensured a high-quality facility which shows consideration to the surrounding area. The Centre is 30 percent bigger than the university's previous Centre for Sport and Recreation which was opened in 1967. The building has been designed to achieve the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) 'Excellent' rating, which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design. BREEAM is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.