Sheffield Hallam University kicks off £4.8m sport revamp

sportsEB''Sheffield Hallam University to revamp its Bawtry Road sports facilities
sportsEB''Sheffield Hallam University to revamp its Bawtry Road sports facilities
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HOWZAT for a revamp? These pictures show how Sheffield Hallam University’s sports facilities could look after a 
planned £4.8 million major redevelopment.

The playing fields, sports pavilion and sports hall off Bawtry Road, near Junction 34 of the M1, are to be transformed to provide top-quality facilities.

New proposals include significant improvements to the playing fields to create international standard floodlit rugby and football pitches, versatile synthetic pitches and a fresh pavilion.

Although an application for planning permission for the pavilion has yet to be submitted, work has already started to prepare the pitches.

Mark Swales, university director of estates and facilities, said: “This is a significant and exciting investment for the university, but will also benefit the community teams who use the site.

“Hallam has a long-term sport strategy and the investment in Bawtry Road is key to that.

“Our sports courses are in high demand and Hallam teams are competing more and performing better.

“To support this, we want to give our students the best facilities on which to play competitive and recreational sport.”

The site on the Rotherham and Sheffield border was acquired by the university in 2003.

It is available to Hallam students and teams, but also used by community teams playing a range of sports, such as Sheffield United Cricket Club.

The pavilion will be designed by specialist sports architects Watson Batty and situated in the site’s centre.

Souters Sports has already started to prepare the pitches and the university will make a planning application for the pavilion development in the autumn, with the project expected to be completed by autumn 2013.