Artist impression of Ravelin Sports Centre

  • 24 January 2022
  • 2 min read

An update on Ravelin Sports Centre from our Vice-Chancellor

I wrote to you at the end of last year to let you know that the opening of the new Ravelin Sports Centre had been delayed to enable some further works to be properly completed. This is to ensure that the building can be handed over to us with the quality and specification that we expect of this state of the art building.

Unfortunately, I am very sorry to have to report that these works are taking longer than originally anticipated and we are still some time away from being ready to open the doors. I am sure you will agree that the priority must be to allow adequate time for all works to be completed properly.  We are not yet in a position to be able to confirm an opening date, but we do expect the building to be handed over to us by the end of March or early April. Be assured when we have any more updates and greater certainty we will inform you.

I know this is incredibly frustrating and disappointing for all of us, as we are all looking forward to the Sports Centre being open, but it is essential that when we do open the centre it is the exceptional facility that we all want. The centre has been awarded BREEAM Outstanding design stage award and will be a model for running sustainable, net zero carbon ready sports facilities. We have designed the building to provide an outstanding  experience for all users. It is essential that everything is just right and to the highest possible standard from day one. This means taking the time necessary to ensure that everything meets our specification in full. In line with our values, we are not willing to accept second best in any aspect of the finished building .

Colleagues in Estates and Campus Services are working very hard with the contractors to ensure everything is completed as soon as possible and to the high standards we expect. In the meantime our existing Gym and sports facilities are open to staff and students.

We will keep you updated on progress and let you know our detailed opening plan as soon as we can. This I know is a frustrating situation, but I am certain that when the doors are eventually open the experience will be worth us taking the time we are taking to have available the quality of facility we planned for many years to come.

Best wishes

Graham

Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor