York St John invest in student experiences, sport and wellbeing The importance of sport as part of a healthy lifestyle choice is highlighted in government campaigns to encourage the nation to get more active. In line with this Schools, Universities and Colleges are recognising the need to upgrade and expand sports facilities to attract prospective students whilst also fulfilling their responsibility to provide adequate space to play, swim or train. range of sporting activities to the best possible specification within the available budget. In 2012, York St John University set the wheels in motion to revolutionise their sporting provision. Having outgrown existing facilities, a new 57 acre site was acquired for the development of the new York St John Student Sport Park. Plans included a wide range of flood lit external courts and a state of the art sports centre comprising multi sport courts, fitness suites, changing facilities, flexible teaching and conference space. • 5 court multi sport facility • Spectator viewing balcony • Multi structure cost effective facility • Rebound and acoustik screening to enhance acoustic performance • Architectural membrane creates a naturally light space to play The University appointed specialist sports architects Watson Batty with a brief to design a modern facility capable of hosting a wide collinson.co.uk Architectural Technologist, Richard Crowson had worked on previous projects with Sports Facility Specialist, Collinson, and was confident that their Challenger™ Tensile Structure would provide the ideal, cost effective solution for the multi sport hall element of the project. Following discussions with Collinson, Richard and his team were satisfied that combining the Challenger Facility with the conventional brick building would yield a complementary design, creating a hybrid, multi structure facility.