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CANTERBURY TENNIS HALL: RECEPTION VENUE FOR THE LAMBETH CONFERENCE

04.08 2022

The Lambeth Conference was the catalyst for the University of Kent to embark on a project to refurbish its tennis hall.

A MORE SUSTAINABLE TENNIS HALL WITH A FOCUS ON ATHLETE COMFORT

The tennis hall originally consisted of 3 tennis courts with a tubular steel frame and flat membrane. Its rehabilitation has resulted in the construction of an indoor tennis hall with 4 courts. With its glulam structure and double textile membrane roof and facades, the new building now has a lower environmental impact.

The stretched fabric, with its translucency and flexibility, provides light and acoustic comfort to its sportsmen. The sun’s rays illuminate the fields during the day, while the sound does not reverberate off the walls. The complete ventilation system ensures air renewal according to the ambient temperature and CO2 levels, thus providing additional thermal comfort.

To find out more about this structure, we invite you to visit the Tennis – Canterbury (UK) project on our website.

A 2-IN-1 SPORTS BUILDING: TENNIS HALL AND MULTI-PURPOSE HALL

This sports hall was built to facilitate the practice of tennis but also the practice of netball, a team sport derived from basketball.

But the building also has another, non-sporting role. It is used as a multi-purpose hall to host events such as concerts and exhibitions.

Among the events is the Lambeth Conference, a ten-yearly meeting of bishops from all over the world. The 15th edition of this conference will be held in Canterbury, in the Tennis Hall. From 26 July to 8 August 2022, the Tennis Hall will bring together almost a thousand bishops and their spouses from 165 countries.