In the past this site was used as a training venue for the 2012 Olympic Games, however a decline in usage led to a much-needed update being carried out. Our involvement in this project consisted of:

We brought in IBA (Ian Belsham Associates) Architects to design the project including the new changing block which sits alongside the existing 1930’s changing pavilion, creating a contrasting yet complementary appearance between the traditional and modern designs.

The new gym facility was constructed with a specific ergometer training centre for the University’s indoor rowing club along with multipurpose areas catering to a variety of sporting activities.


Developing outdoor facilities for private and public use

We were able to improve the student experience through our construction of three all-weather, 3G, multipurpose pitches, creating a new principal competitive venue for Newcastle University’s football, rugby, lacrosse and cricket teams.

“Hosting more matches internally could lead sports clubs to feel a greater sense of inclusion and recognition.”

– Dr Phil Ansell, Dean of Sport, Newcastle University

We successfully engaged the adjacent occupants through community development to address the original floodlighting design which resulted in light ‘spillage’, impacting on neighbouring properties. Our solution for this was to incorporate Halliday’s tier design and light fittings to restrict any light to be within the boundary of the site. Acoustic fencing has also been incorporated to reduce the level of noise from sporting activities disturbing the local community.

Along with the 3G pitches, we created new access to the facilities and provided more parking and landscaping to the site. Our addition of these features to the existing sports pavilion at Cochrane Park will benefit the university, it will generate additional revenue through hiring the all-weather pitches to the general public during evenings.

“This creates the opportunity to encourage more sporting activities and would also create the opportunity for more use by the community.”

– Planning Department, Newcastle City Council


Project team

Architect: IBA (Ian Belsham Associates) Architects
Project manager: Mark Shield
Principal contractor: Robertson North East England
Civil & structural engineer: Cundall, Jasper Kerr Consulting
M&E engineer: Newcastle University

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