The school’s PE Centre and indoor sporting facilities are undergoing a significant transformation and improvement to create a state-of-the-art complex that will allow all of our pupils to enjoy and participate in a variety of sports, whilst simultaneously enabling the most talented and ambitious pupils to train and compete at the highest level.
Winchester College’s Southern Campus is located between the playing fields on Kingsgate Park and Norman Road. It was the focus of the school’s indoor sports facilities, and included the Physical Education Centre (PE Centre), swimming pool, rifle range and squash courts. It was also home to the Works Department, and the Design & Technology Department.
The decision to modernise the Southern Campus was driven by the age of the old facilities. The PE Centre was 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 pupils and offers a diverse range of nearly 30 sports. The school also opens its doors to the local community with a wide variety of members, clubs and societies enjoying the facilities. Increased activity had placed an insurmountable demand on an ageing PE Centre which also presented long-term maintenance difficulties. The redevelopment of the site to create a state-of-the-art Sports Centre will allow pupils to enjoy and participate in a variety of sports and provide much improved facilities for the community.
In order to replace the old PE Centre with modern buildings on a similar footprint, the school is moving parts of the Works Department in to a new Support Services Building. As part of the redevelopment, access and car parking will 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 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.
Kier was appointed as our contractor in May 2019, and structured the development to take place in two main phases:
Phase 1 began in June 2019 and included the construction of the site entrance on Norman Road. This will be used primarily by contractors until the completion of the project, when it will act as the main entrance to the new Sports Centre. Phase 1 also included the construction of the new Support Services Building, as well as separate temporary sports facilities on Kingsgate Park. The Support Services Building includes the laundry and works department. The temporary sports facilities on Kingsgate Park opened in December 2019 and the move into the new Support Services Building was complete by February 2021.
Phase 2 began in December 2019 with the demolition of the old PE Centre. Phase 2 involves the construction of the brand new Sports Centre, which we expect to open in 2022.
The development of the new Sports Centre has not been unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic with much work carried out by our contractors, Kier, to ensure that they operate in line with Government guidance to keep their staff and operatives safe. As a result of COVID-19 and other operational challenges, Kier anticipate a revised completion date for the new Sports Centre of early 2023. We are working with Kier to do all we can to improve on this date and we will keep this website updated on any changes to those timings.
Kier's Project Manager is Richard Mosely who can be contacted at Richard.Mosely@kier.co.uk.
Winchester College's project team can be contacted at email@example.com.
You can find more information, including how to donate towards the new sports centre, via Winchester College Society.
22nd January 2021
Despite a challenging 2020, progress on Winchester College's new state-of-the-art Sports Centre continues, as the school and local community look ahead to the opening in 2022.
10th August 2021
Over the course of seven days, the project team for the school's new Sports Centre have successfully installed the impressive folded structure which will form the new swimming pool roof.
24th May 2021
Correspondent for this year's Wykeham Journal, Margaret Gilmore, talks to archaeologist Amy Bunce about the extraordinary mediaeval discovery beneath the school's old swimming pool.
17th November 2020
The latest milestone in the development of Winchester College's new Sports Centre was marked this November as the contractors reached the lowest point of the dig, where the foundations of the swimming pool will be laid.
10th June 2019
Graffiti artist celebrates a new phase in the school's sporting history.
10th June 2019
Work has begun on the Southern Campus Development project, which will see the transformation of the existing PE Centre in to a state-of-the-art Sports Centre.