Phase one of work at the Iffley Road Sports Centre, was launched last month next to the track where Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954.

The first phase includes the construction of a brand new four court sports hall which has been designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, a practice with a longstanding track record in the delivery of world class sports facilities.

Dave Jobbins, Project Manager from Bidwells, who is project managing phase one, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the team which will bring the construction of the new Acer Nethercott Sports Hall at Iffley Road Sports Centre to life.
“As well as the new four court sports hall, key features for phase one include: new dry changing rooms, refurbishment of the existing wet changing rooms, a reception, creation of a new café and a multi-purpose sports room."

Paul Reed, Project Director, FaulknerBrowns Architects, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the University of Oxford on the redevelopment of their central sporting provision at the historic Iffley Road. "This exciting project is the culmination of a complex masterplanning process which has brought together a number of sporting requirements and aspirations on a particularly important and sensitive site."

The new building has been named after the late Dr Acer Nethercott, the Beijing Olympics silver medallist and Oxford graduate who coxed the University in the Boat Race three times and lead them to victory twice.

Oxford construction company Beard has been chosen as the project’s principal contractor.

John Youle, Beard regional director said:

“We are delighted and excited to be associated with the transformation of Oxford University’s Iffley Road site and the construction of this world-class sports centre. This project being the latest in a long list of ongoing projects emphasises the relationship that Beard has with the University.”

A ground-breaking ceremony was held on Monday 5 September.

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