Case Studies University of Kent

A positive impact on members, both old and new With a goal to enhance their scholarship and professional services, the University of Kent devised a strategy to expand and modernise facilities. Sport was certainly no exception. Despite sport-specific specialisation, the new facility would also need the versatility to accommodate other sports during exam season, and whenever the main facility was out of action. Kent Sport had been managing sports facilities at the University of Kent since their initial multi-use sports hall was constructed back in the 6o’s. But, with student numbers growing, the demand for sports space had dramatically increased. So, the brief was decided. Kent Sport did their research and soon found that by opting for a clear span tensile membrane structure, they would get far more for their money in comparison to a traditional build. Not only was the existing facility needed for all sports, it was block booked for six weeks at a time during exam season, leaving teams and players frustrated. The conclusion? Facilities were quickly earmarked for expansion. The project was significant. Particularly in demand was indoor space for tennis and netball—existing facilities for these sports were outdoors and, given the relentless wet weather the previous year, it was decided members should be offered a dedicated centre for tennis and netball. Several manufacturers were contacted. Quotes and designs were scrutinised to ensure they gave best value for money, within budget without compromising on quality. After careful scrutiny, a Challenger™ facility by Lancashire-based family firm Collinson was chosen. Their proven track record in designing and delivering quality sports facilities convinced Kent Sport that a Collinson facility was the high quality product they needed. With everything in place, a loan from the University of Kent was secured and build could commence.