The Olympic medal winning Brownlee Brothers have opened the new £5m University of Leeds sports facility bearing their name. Jefferson Sheard Architects worked with the University and construction partner Houlton to deliver the new state of the art Triathlon and Cycling Centre.
Gold medal Winning Triathlete, Alistair Brownlee, who previously studied at The University of Leeds, commented: “This day (28/4/2017) marks a great day for cycling in Yorkshire. The start of the Tour de Yorkshire builds on a fantastic legacy and, thanks to these new facilities, Leeds continues to be a real centre for excellence when it comes to cycling and triathlon.”
Silver medal winner, younger brother Jonny, who also attended The University of Leeds, added: “A big thanks to the University and all of the supporters, this centre and circuit will inspire everyone, from beginners through to elite athletes.”
The new pavilion is the country’s first purpose built triathlon training facility, including a 1.6km cycle track, a specialist strength and conditioning suite and physiotherapy and medical support services.
Jefferson Sheard Project Lead, Phillip Pollington said “We are delighted to have been part of the team to deliver this outstanding facility. Projects like this make a real difference in people’s lives. We always get a thrill from being able to help educational bodies to realise their vision and help students develop. Who knows, these facilities might just produce a future Olympic medal winner!”
Thanks and photo credits to University of Leeds & Houlton