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University Announces Plans For Swimming Pool Among New Master Plan

The University of Portsmouth has outlined the first priorities included in its new master plan.

The full document will be released later in the year, but we have been told that the first key steps in the ambitious project will be the construction of state of the art business and sport centres.

The new high quality Business School will likely be the first building started under the redevelopment plans.

It is expected the flagship building will be constructed on the former Victoria Baths site on Anglesea Road, and the design of the building will be open to an international competition.

A new sports centre will also be built in the Cambridge Road car park area and will include an eight-court sports hall, an eight-lane swimming pool, 150 fitness stations and two studios.

The centre would be available to the local community as well as students and staff.

The President of the Students’ Union, Nick Johnson, focused heavily on the improvement of sporting facilities in his manifesto in the run up to his election and has been involved in the planning of the project from the very early stages.

He said: “It remains vital that student voices remain at the heart of any University projects, particularly those that have direct impact on our current and future students.

“I identified the need for new sports facilities last year and have campaigned rigorously to make this a priority. I will continue to keep the need for improved student spaces at the top of the University agenda.”

The University of Portsmouth’s Vice Chancellor,, Professor Graham Galbraith, said of the project: “The Estates master plan will set out the University’s vision for campus developments over the next 25 years. This will involve significant investment in our city and will secure the future success of the University as a key employer and contributor to economic prosperity.

“We are developing a plan which will ensure the University remains vibrant, accessible and successful.

“Our aim is that all new and redeveloped buildings will meet the challenges and expectations of tomorrow’s staff and students and help secure the University’s excellent ranking in the UK and internationally.”

The master plan will not be finalised until the summer, and the University have announced short-term plans to meet the demand for more space, including the refurbishment of Mercantile House in Hampshire Terrace.

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