Indoor Athletics Centre, Brunel University

This Indoor Athletics Centre at Brunel University is home to a 110m sprint track, high jump, pole vault and a throws area, plus two netball courts. The generous hall is naturally lit and ventilated with opening ETFE cushions at the gable ends, to create a pleasant training environment. The facilities are supported by a strength and conditioning suite. There was significant consultation with stakeholders including Sport England who funded the project. The building shape is derived from the volumetric requirements of the sports taking place within. The curved roof is a catenary arch supported on wishbone steels, halving the foundations required. The Indoor Athletics Centre is placed at the gateway to the site, becoming the interface between the students and the local community.