SportPark, Loughborough University

SportPark, the multi award-winning office development designed by David Morley Architects for the UK’s sports sector at Loughborough University, is the new home for the National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) of many sports. The scheme provides a state-of-the-art environment enabling the NGB’s to share information and produce innovative approaches to best practice.

The first phase, completed in 2009 on Loughborough University’s Science and Enterprise Park, consists of three pavilions linked with glazed circulation spaces. The innovative scheme creates a naturally lit, naturally ventilated environment that connects people with the active landscape and forms an integrated place to work and play. The break out areas are varied and include small scale sports facilities and an outdoor sprint track. The stream that runs through this part of the campus has been incorporated into the design and given space to flourish in order to encourage biodiversity.

With sustainability and sport at its core, SportPark has already achieved an ‘excellent’ rating from BREEAM, the global environmental assessment mark.

Work is now underway for the second phase to create a fourth pavilion to expand SportPark, and is scheduled to complete in December 2022. This new £9m project will be built to Passivhaus Classic Accreditation to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. The first Passivhaus development on the University campus, SportPark Pavilion 4 provides the capacity to welcome more mission-driven organisations to the university, presenting them with the unique opportunity to secure environmentally future-proof accommodation, tailored to their needs.

The orientation of the 4th Pavilion continues the sequence formed by the existing building footprint. The pavilions radiate outwards creating a focal point at the entrance to the west, while to the east creating courtyards between the pavilions. This allows light and air to enter the office accommodation, whilst the stepped height and radiating form naturally provides the building interior to be integrated with the external landscape, reinforced with vistas through generous glazed elements to the courtyards between the pavilions, gardens and the parkland setting. 

SportPark Pavilion 4 will mark the 8th built project David Morley Architects have worked with Loughborough University on since the National Cricket Performance Centre in 2003.