Affordable sports halls

If you're seeking to build or develop a sports hall, these guides will help you

They will help you understand the interrelationships between:

  • Design 
  • Specifications and sustainability 
  • Capital funding 
  • Programmes of use 
  • Operating budgets. 

We have also highlighted a one-stop-shop procurement process that can speed up and simplify your planning, design and construction process.

Simplifying design

You can use the guides to: 

  • Develop feasibility studies and option appraisals 
  • Establish a robust project brief 
  • Develop the business plan and operational budget 
  • Select a procurement route and project programme 
  • Validate key project details 
  • Form a template for a future project.

The guides describe stand-alone four and five court sports halls, plus supporting changing and health and fitness facilities that are compliant with our other relevant guidance and current industry standards. All our guidance is available to download below.

Summary brochure

This short brochure (July 2015) summarises the key points from the Affordable Sports Halls document, in particular:

  • Strategic planning
  • Design
  • Capital costs
  • Operational budget
  • Programme of use.

Affordable sports halls guide 

This is the detailed document (July 2015) that supports the brochure and comprises the detailed information in relation to planning, design, capital costs, operational costs, procurement and delivery.

Affordable sports halls appendices

This document (July 2015) gives additional detailed technical information on the court layouts, accommodations schedule, building fabric, sports hall flooring, acoustics, structural design, energy and sustainability, building services and artificial lighting.


Adobe Reader PDF downloadable plan, section and elevation drawings of the various sports halls option referred to in the Affordable Sports Hall guide found below.