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.
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.
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.
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 is used primarily by contractors until 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 and the rest of Phase 1 should be complete by May 2020.
Phase 2 began in December 2019 with the demolition of the old PE Centre. Phase 2 will also see the construction of the brand new Sports Centre, which we expect to be complete by November 2021 and to open in early 2022.
Winchester College's project team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information, including how to donate towards the new sports centre, via Winchester College Society.
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.
10th September 2017
The College is very excited that planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of its Southern Campus. It is an important step that allows us to modernise the school’s outdated 1960s sports facilities and replace the existing unattractive and inefficient buildings with ones of high quality in both architectural and material terms, for the future benefit of both the school and local community.
7th August 2017
Winchester College wishes to thank those who have made comments on its proposals to redevelop the Southern Campus area of the College. We have listened carefully to the concerns and issues raised, and propose to amend our original scheme in a number of ways.
15th March 2017
The planning application for the development of the Southern Campus has been submitted