Sports Centre Redevelopment
In January 2015 we embarked on the next chapter in our history, beginning a major £14m redevelopment and extension of the Sports Centre. These new facilities will cement a major, seven-year investment in sport at St Andrews, bringing our indoor facilities in line with the rest of the estate at University Park and offering our members greater capacity and the opportunity to participate in a far wider variety of sports at higher levels.
Over the past two years the indoor sports facilities at the University have been transformed following the construction of a new eight-court sports arena and the refurbishment, extension and modernisation of the original sports centre building. Work has now begun on the final phase of the redevelopment, which will see a new four-court indoor tennis centre installed at University Park.
Phase 3 - Indoor Tennis Centre
The final phase of the redevelopment will see a four-court indoor tennis centre constructed adjacent to the Sports Centre. Work began on the 13th March and the centre is due to be completed in October 2017. The lastest progress of the construction works can be viewed here.
An artist's impression of how the new indoor tennis centre might look.
Phase 2 - Refurbishment & Extension of Sports Centre - Opened December 2016
Following completion of the sports arena, work moved to the refurbishment and extension of the original Sports Centre building. Once complete, the new indoor facilities will feature a new and expanded 130-station gym and a dedicated strength & conditioning suite for our performance athletes. Phase 2 will also see a new flexible climbing wall installed in the old sports hall, brand new changing facilities constructed for our gym and fitness suites and the sport offices and meeting rooms refurbished and modernised.
Phase 2 at a glance:
- New expanded gym and fitness suite
- Dedicated strength & conditioning suite
- New changing rooms for gym and fitness suite users
- Refurbished offices and meeting rooms
- Expanded car park
Phase 1 - Sports Arena - Opened January 2016
Phase 1 was completed in January 2016 and saw the construction of a new eight-court sports arena, 10 new changing rooms and a new reception area built adjacent to the original building.
Phase 1 at a glance:
- Widening of the Sports Centre access road
- New reception area
- 10 new changing rooms
- A new eight-court sports hall, with removable seating for 400
Initial Investment 1968-2014
The original Sports Centre was built in 1968 when the student body was fewer than 2,000 and the sports in which they took part were limited, as was student involvement. By 1996 new facilities were desperately needed and the current sand dressed synthetic turf pitch, outdoor tennis courts and running track were installed. This was followed two years later by a minor redevelopment of the gym and fitness suite.
Photographs from the installation of the tennis courts and running track in 1996 (left) and the fitness suite as it looked in 1998.
In 2012, the sand dressed pitch and outdoor tennis courts were resurfaced and a new full size floodlit FIFA 2 Star\IRB approved Third Generation (3G) synthetic pitch for rugby, football and lacrosse was installed. Work has also been carried out extending and refurbishing the pavilion and changing facilities, refurbishing the grandstand and improving the grass pitches.