Graham Solley Sports Centre

The focal point of a sporting community

This new purpose-built two-storey Sports Centre provides an inspiring home for the Sheffield United Cricket Club, British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) teams and a number of local community sports clubs.

The building houses twelve team changing rooms, a bar, kitchen and ancillary accommodation.


A desire to maximise visibility shaped the overall design.


Our designs for possible future development of the site includes a four-courts sports hall, a multi-use room, further ancillary accommodation and a safe pedestrian/cycle route from the main site entrance.

Detailed site analysis and a desire to maximise visibility shaped the overall design concept for the building. Its carefully considered position, at the centre of the site, provides 360° views from the first floor onto the show rugby pitch, the football pitch, two full-size synthetic turf pitches and the cricket pitch.

The building was also conceived with a high level of flexibility in mind. For example, the ground floor could be divided into three pavilions, each with four changing rooms, allowing a range of room sizes in each zone.

As a sporting hub for the area, the pavilion will provide local clubs, the community and university students with access to high-quality sports facilities.

Client:Sheffield Hallam University
Contractor:Henry Boot Construction
Value:£4.8m
Service: Architecture
Sector: Learning, Sport and Leisure