The school’s PE Centre and indoor sporting facilities will undergo significant transformation and improvement over the next few years.

The redevelopment of the PE Centre to create a state-of-the-art complex will allow all our boys to enjoy and participate in a variety of sports whilst simultaneously enabling the most talented and driven boys to train and compete at the highest level.

Where

  • Winchester College’s Southern Campus is located between the playing fields on Kingsgate Park and Norman Road. It is the focus of the school’s indoor sports facilities, and includes the Physical Education Centre (PE Centre), swimming pool, rifle range and squash courts. It is also home to the Works Department, as well as the Design & Technology Department. Although many of the current buildings are of a substantial size, they are largely hidden from the surrounding public roads and wider landscape.

Why

  • The decision to modernise the Southern Campus has been led by the age of the existing PE Centre, which is now over 50 years old. In the 1960s when the PE Centre was built, Winchester College was home to 550 boys, with a handful of sports on offer. Today the school has up to 700 boys and offers a diverse range of nearly 30 sports. The school also opens its doors to the local community where a wide variety of members, clubs and societies enjoy the facilities. Increased activity has placed an insurmountable demand on an ageing PE Centre which also presents long-term maintenance difficulties. The redevelopment of the site to create a state-of-the-art Sports Centre will allow boys to enjoy and participate in a variety of sports and provide much improved facilities for the community to enjoy.

What

  • In order to replace the current PE Centre with modern buildings on a similar footprint, the school will be moving and consolidating parts of the Works Department in to a new Support Services Building. As part of the redevelopment, access and car parking will eventually be relocated and accessed via Norman Road. Alongside approval for the new Sports Centre, planning permission was also granted for an extension to the school’s Design and Technology Centre (known as “Mill”), the relocation of the school’s Medical Centre and a new domestic residence on Kingsgate Road. We are currently only focused on the first part of the development, which includes the consolidation and build of a new Support Services Building, temporary sports facilities on Kingsgate Park and the construction of the new Sports Centre.

When

With the appointment of Kier as our contractor in May 2019, they have advised us that they expect the development to take place in two main phases:

  • Phase 1 will begin in mid-June 2019 and will include the construction of the site entrance on Norman Road. This will primarily be used by contractors until completion of the project, when it will act as the main entrance to the new Sports Centre. Phase 1 will also include the construction of the new Support Services Building, as well as separate temporary sports facilities on Kingsgate Park. The Support Services Building will include the laundry and works department. We expect the temporary sports facilities on Kingsgate Park to be complete by November 2019 and the rest of Phase 1 to be complete by May 2020.

  • Phase 2 will begin in December 2019 and will see us move in to the new temporary sports facilities on Kingsgate Park while the existing PE Centre is demolished. Phase 2 will also see the construction of the new Sports Centre. We expect the construction of the new Sports Centre to be complete by November 2021 and expect to open in early 2022.

Keeping in contact:

The site manager is Mr Neil Poelvoorde who can be contacted at neil.poelvoorde@kier.co.uk or Southampton.Reception@kier.co.uk

Winchester College's project team can be contacted at info@southerncampusdevelopment.org. This email account is continually monitored and we will respond as soon as possible.

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