The new Hope Sports Park Campus at Liverpool Hope University brings with it an array of academic opportunity, forming part of the University’s £14.2m redevelopment and adding to the earlier Phase 1 addition, the £8.5m Health Sciences building, completed by WBA in January 2016.
The two projects combined now opens the way for health and fitness to be combined with science, increasing the opportunity for enhanced studies in this area.
Appointed as lead consultant on this redevelopment project from start to completion, the WBA 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. Offering staff and students more than just a place to test their endurance levels and get fit and active, the dynamic sports complex allows for areas of relax and recuperation thanks to an enhanced social space in their new café area, designed to encourage both students and staff to stay on campus for that much-needed downtime.
The newly completed Hope Sports Complex consists of two state-of-the-art fitness suites, squash courts, gym and fitness rooms, along with a main sports hall with a seating capacity of over 450 for live sports events and functions.
A key challenge for the WBA team was ensuring completion prior to the new term, the freshers’ fayre a key date in the education calendar. Successfully done, the new sports complex was delivered to design in September 2016, a week before the new students were welcomed.