Clarkebond project wins 2015 Guardian award for ‘Buildings that Inspire’

The University of Worcester Arena has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Guardian University Award for ‘Buildings that Inspire’.  The sports arena is the country’s first indoor sporting facility built with the needs of wheelchair athletes in mind. 

Clarkebond provided structural, civil and Ground Engineering engineering services on the project which caters for all sports from grass roots to professional level and is the new home of the Worcester Wolves basketball team. The arena includes 3 basketball courts with seating for up to 2000 spectators, 12 badminton courts, and studios for dance, fitness, boxing and martial arts.

The new arena is situated in a city centre location adjacent to the River Severn that is prone to flooding. As a result, the ground floor was raised a meter and a half above the existing levels. The suspended ground floor slab consists of 250 thick pre-stressed hollow core planks on precast concrete ground beams spanning between pile caps. A steel frame with feature trusses economically provides clear span internal spaces. The building also features a large eaves overhang and a feature entrance canopy, fully accessible changing facilities and lower countertops in the reception area.

The arena was designed to have a small carbon footprint, and was awarded gold status during an Eco Campus auditin 2014.

Judges of the awards entries submitted selected the project as the one that has most positively enhanced the student and/or staff experience on campus.