Top Class Learning Centre Created

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A £2m transformation of a former car showroom has created new sports and performance facilities for the University of Worcester.

The building, on Hylton Road, on the banks of the River Severn, has been completely transformed into a top class learning centre for a range of activities.

The Riverside building has a large, dividable dance and performance studio. It also has a substantial fitness area, half the size of a basketball court, connected to a specialist sports analysis suite. A 120 seat lecture theatre and 80 space computer and group learning suite and several tutorial rooms, complete the fully refurbished building.

Director of Capital Projects, Russell Pope, said: “With sprung floors and brand new changing facilities, Riverside provides a fantastic new centre for both students and the wider community.

“There is also a large space with computers and for social study, plus lecture rooms and meeting spaces.

“The University has worked hard to redevelop this prime site. We hope it will be a valuable facility for the entire community.”

There is a large 110 space car park and also available will be a state of the art charging point for electric cars. The car park will operate in line with the University’s existing car parks.

The newly renovated building is situated adjacent to where the University of Worcester plans to build the ‘Worcester Arena’, a highly inclusive centre that will benefit the wider community in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and will provide a nationally outstanding venue for disability sport. 

The campaign has recently won several significant grants and ‘in principle’ financial support from national sports governing bodies, charities and trusts, taking the total to over £2 million. More than £70,000 has been raised so far from individual, family and team donations.

Riverside will be opening its doors to students and the community this September.

Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester, said: “Thanks to its excellent courses and highly employable graduates, the University of Worcester is the fastest growing university in Britain. A carefully managed capital development programme is needed to make sure growth and high quality are both maintained. I am very grateful to all who have worked on this latest project to create such a first class facility, so swiftly, efficiently and in a fully cost-effective way.”

For details of how you can hire the facilities and booking please contact Gemma Jones, Sports Facilities Manager, on 01905 542275 or or Susie Hart, Head of Recreation and Sport Strategy, on 01905 855140 or