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University's 'smart' sports floor is a game-changer

Beard partners with the University of Oxford to build UK's first smart sports floor

Posted by Alex Diggins | July 03, 2018 | Facilities management

A new sports centre with a pioneering smart glass floor that lights up and changes its line markings at the touch of a button, has just been completed by Oxford-based construction firm Beard for the University of Oxford. It is the first smart floor in the country to have sports played on it.

The game-changing facility is part of Oxford University’s new multi-million pound Acer Nethercott sports centre built by Beard as part of a major redesign of the University’s sports facilities on the historic Iffley Road track where Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.

Beard worked with hi-tech sports floor specialists ASB to deliver the 700sqm futuristic multi-sport performance space which took six weeks to install and is made up of LED lights embedded in the glass floor. These illuminate the markings of the sports being played which include badminton, basketball, dodgeball, handball, football, futsal, korfball, netball and volleyball.

The lines are only switched on when they are needed, eliminating the confusing lines of traditional sports hall floor markings. The floor can also be customised and produced in any colour, integrating logos and school brand colours.

“We’re delighted to have been involved in the construction of this cutting-edge sports hall for the University of Oxford which is a first of its kind in the country,” said Dean Averies, Director of Beard Oxford. “As specialists in the delivery of sports centres, we believe these smart glass sports floors are the way of the future, offering a sustainable hi-tech solution that outperforms traditional sports flooring.”

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