Temporary inflatable dome could be placed over courts at University of York

York Press: An inflatable dome similar to the one planned for the university tennis courts An inflatable dome similar to the one planned for the university tennis courts

YORK could be set for a sporting boost after plans for the city’s first indoor tennis centre moved a step closer.

Proposals for a temporary inflatable dome to be placed over the courts at the University of York’s Heslington West campus will be debated by councillors next week and have been recommended for approval by planners.

The cover would be put up when the university found use of the facilities – currently open to the elements – was hampered by bad weather which currently leaves them out of action or severely underused for much of the academic year. If the dome is installed at the site next to Heslington Lane, the university plans to look into whether a permanent cover can be funded by the end of its lifespan if the number of people using the courts makes this financially viable.

The campus currently has three courts.

Planning agents who have drawn up the application, which goes before City of York Council’s planning councillors next Thursday, said the inflatable roof could mean their use at least doubling.

A report by development management officer Erik Matthews said: “It is part of a wider scheme to diversify the use of the university sports facilities and to develop the sport of tennis in the locality.

“It would improve the sports on offer to current and prospective students and the local community.

“The university intends the proposed facility to form a major element of its tennis development strategy, to increase participation in competitive and recreational tennis, including the ability of local clubs to block-book courts through the winter.”

The courts were resurfaced last year in a £130,000 programme, with O’Neill Associates, who submitted the proposals on the university’s behalf, saying tennis players who wanted indoor facilities in York currently had to become members of fitness and leisure clubs.

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9:00am Thu 29 Nov 12

Evolution Dome says...

Another great use of an inflatable structure guys. A very cost effective and efficient way of covering these courts. Inflatable structures have come a very long way in the last 10 years and its amazing what can be achieved.

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Another great use of an inflatable structure guys. A very cost effective and efficient way of covering these courts. Inflatable structures have come a very long way in the last 10 years and its amazing what can be achieved. Evolution Dome Inflatable Structures Evolution Dome
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9:16am Thu 29 Nov 12

roskoboskovic says...

why must all our new sporting facilities be university based.
why must all our new sporting facilities be university based. roskoboskovic
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10:17am Thu 29 Nov 12

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I'm looking forward to York's first outdoor snooker centre.
I'm looking forward to York's first outdoor snooker centre. Ignatius Lumpopo
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8:45am Fri 30 Nov 12

Eric Style says...

because the universities are the only places that can afford to build sports facilities
because the universities are the only places that can afford to build sports facilities Eric Style
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