Watson Batty Architects are pleased to announce the completion of phase two redevelopment works at Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park campus. The Hope Sports Complex forms part of the £14.2m redevelopment and is an exciting new addition to the £8.5m Health Sciences building completed by WBA earlier this year.
From start to completion WBA were appointed as lead on this redevelopment project. The team completed a comprehensive redesign of the original scheme to produce an efficient and attractive proposal. As well as the architectural elements and technical design, the team also led on the interiors creating an exciting and welcoming sports space with increased functionality.
With the University attracting new students each year and the annual fresher’s fayre a key date in the education calendar, the main challenge of the WBA team was to ensure the project was delivered prior to the new term. The completed project was successfully delivered to design on the 19th September 2016, a week before the University welcomed its new year students.
The Hope Sports Complex will not only provide students and staff with two state of the art fitness suites, studios, squash courts and over 450 seating capacity for live sports events and functions, but will also widen the University’s academic offering. Integrating with the Health Science building completed earlier by WBA, the new sport complex will allow for greater studies into fitness and health sciences, enhancing the student offering for study in these areas.
In a year where Team GB achieved remarkable success in the 2016 Olympics, the sports complex is now a perfect place for those staff and students wanting to get fit and active, or test their own levels of skills and endurance.