Building work has commenced on the new Sports Centre at the Penryn Campus.
This new Sports Centre is being developed in partnership with the University of Exeter, Falmouth University, the FXU (Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union) and Falmouth Exeter Plus (the shared services delivery partner).
Due for completion in September 2016 by Midas Construction Ltd, this new facility will include a 700sqm four-court sports hall, which will be suitable for hire as a multi-use venue, a 150sqm fitness studio and a 350sqm gym with up to 90 stations, equipped by Pulse Fitness.
A new 50-place nursery is also being built alongside the Sports Centre.
Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, the President of Student Experience at FXU is excited at the positive impact this will have on the students:
“The new sports centre and nursery will really benefit all of our students and is a much anticipated addition to our campus. We’re really happy construction is now underway and look forward to seeing how it all progresses!”
Both the Sports Centre and the new nursery will benefit students, staff and the local community as Head of Sport & Recreation, Simon Court, explains: “A quarter of our existing gym members are local residents with no other connection to the universities and we will continue to offer external memberships with our relocation to the new Sports Centre and increased capacity. The new sports hall will also be accessible to local groups, subject to the timetabling of student-related activities, and in particular, during the five months outside the academic year when students are off campus. This is good news for sport, for Cornwall and for us all.”
Photo L-R: David Hosken (Dean of Strategic Development for the Cornwall Campuses, University of Exeter); Simon Court (Head of Sport & Recreation, FX Plus); Grace Fisher (FXU Exeter President); Alan Murray (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Falmouth University); Dominic O’Neil (Head of Projects, FX Plus)