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A New Home of British Performance Archery

Entrusted by Sport England, DB3 embarked on a mission to conceptualise and construct Sport England’s biggest single-funded project to date: a ground breaking Performance Archery Centre.

Situated on the Lilleshall National Sports Centre site, the new facility is now fully operational and being utilised by Olympic & Paralympic athletes, Pathway athletes, and the National Compound Squad, ensuring a comprehensive approach to archery development at all levels in the run up to Paris.

Training Through Transition

Training Through Transition

The need for the site, arose when the previous outdoor range had to close due to health and safety issues involving stray arrows. To address this, a temporary marquee was erected, albeit requiring athletes to travel half a mile across the 200-acre site from the indoor facility to the temporary outdoor spot. Despite this, athletes were able to sustain their training regimen for the Tokyo Olympics while preparations were made for a new training centre.

“We are confident that it will provide superb support to the efforts of our Olympic and Paralympic archers as they prepare to shoot for success in Paris”

Kate Baker,  Director of Performance – UK Sport

Cutting-edge Archery Hub

Cutting-edge Archery Hub

The new facility will combine indoor and outdoor ranges, making it accessible for daily use. It will include a 70m indoor shooting range, a 70m x 40m outdoor shooting range, changing rooms, offices and workspaces, and a social space. Additionally, there will be accessible car parking, toilets and cycle parking on site.

Practically, the new centre will provide increased training hours, better training continuity and flexibility, and a reduction in lost training days due to capacity limitations.

Safety Driven Design

Safety Driven Design

Addressing complex technical challenges, such as the intricacies of designing and synchronising indoor, indoor-outdoor, and outdoor archery ranges, required meticulous planning and execution. Emphasising attention to detail was crucial to ensure the development of target paths that not only enhanced the archery experience but also upheld safety as the foremost priority. Introducing specially engineered barriers strategically positioned behind the targets significantly reduced the risk of bounce backs, thereby enhancing the overall safety protocols of the archery centre.

“Lilleshall has been the home of British Archery and the Governing Body’s Head Office for the past 20 years. However, the archery facilities have lacked investment and haven’t been fit for purpose, so to have a purpose-built performance archery facility will be a massive step for the sport at Lilleshall and aligns with our ambitions to redefine performance archery.”

Tom Duggan, Performance Director – Archery GB

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