Great news for sporting students as University’s dome plans are approved

The University of Northampton’s plans to boost the sporting and teaching facilities at Waterside Campus have been given the green light.

Planning permission has been granted for a multi-use sports dome, two sports performance labs and a pair of teaching rooms at the new campus, which will open in time for the 2018-19 academic year.

Designed to Sport England dimensions, the multi-use dome will be suitable for a variety of sports, including netball, badminton, volleyball and basketball.

These additional buildings will complement the three outdoor multi-use games areas and floodlit full-size all-weather sports pitch already being built at Waterside.

The full-size all-weather pitch at Waterside has just been completed.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, said: “The dome is going to be a space that can be adapted for a variety of sports throughout the year, and the additional teaching labs and learning space will be a terrific resource for our sports students.

“We’re also one of only two universities in England to offer access to free sports and societies to all our students, and we’re happy to say the Students’ Union will be continuing to offer this when we move to Waterside in September 2018.”