5 September 2016

Ground-breaking at Iffley Road Sports Centre

Groundbreak Iffley Sports

The first turf has now been cut for the new £8.5 million Acer Nethercott Sports Hall at Iffley Road Sports Centre.

The sports hall, which is next to the track where Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile, is expected to house the UK’s first light smart floor. This state-of-the-art technology will allow users to change LED floor markings at the touch of a button. Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor William James said that the new sports hall would give the University a ‘globally competitive’ facility.

The University’s Director of Sport, Jon Roycroft (far right) made light work of breaking ground with a specially-engraved shovel. He was joined by Deputy Registrar Emma Potts (far left), along with Estates Services’ Deputy Head of Capital Projects Jennifer Makkreel, and construction site manager Jonathan Brock from Beard.

The first stage of works will focus on the north-west corner of the sports centre and is expected to take 12 months to build. This phase includes the construction of the new four court sports hall, associated changing facilities and a multi-purpose activity room for fitness classes which will be open to the local community.