Design and cost guidance

From pools to pavilions, turf to floodlights – our downloadable design and costs advice will help you build long-lasting, high quality sports facilities.

What advice is on offer?

Within each section you will find design guidance, audit and check lists, case studies, cost advice and downloadable information. 

For instance sports hall includes:

  • Sports halls: design and layouts design guidance notes (DGN)
  • Floors for indoor sports (DGN)
  • Comparative sizes of sports pitches and courts (DGN)
  • New section on developing the right sports hall (DGN)
  • Links to capital and lifecycle cost guidance 

Other design guidance

This section includes our previously published design guidance notes that have not been moved into the specific guidance sections. Also included are Active Design, Active England, Better Places for Sport and the NGB database.

Cost guidance links directly to information about facility capital and lifecycle costs.

User guide

The user guide explains how you can use the information on this site. This includes limitations upon, and conditions of, use of the information. Your use of the information is taken as agreement to the terms.

We shall continue to update many of the existing DGNs and welcome positive contributions by consultants, contractors, specialists and other organisations.

We are unable to provide an individual tailored design service or give project specific responses but offer support through the DGNs and supporting information.

Comments can be forwarded to our online enquiry service at:

Frequently asked questions

The FAQs page provides answers to common questions received through our online enquiry service.