Named after the famous ship that fought in the battle of Trafalgar; the upgraded facility now has increased capacity for personnel undertaking a variety of sports disciplines and was opened by Rear Admiral Parr.
The improvements included a full overhaul of building 31 (The Old Gymnasium), which was previously used as a squash court. The new layout and design is more contemporary and utilizes the space more efficiently as well as preserving the integrity of the Grade II listed building with exposed brickwork. Now housing three offices, a modern reception area, five championship squash courts with viewing gallery and a fully fitted gym and weights area, the use of the space has been doubled with installation of a mezzanine floor.
Captain Mark Durkin, Captain of Naval Physical Development, said the extensive refurbishment followed recent improvements to outdoor sports pitches at Temeraire including a new 3G all-weather rugby pitch with energy-saving floodlights.
“Physical fitness is a vital part of Naval life and in HMS Temeraire and associated sports grounds the Royal Navy now has truly world-class facilities that probably comprise the best sports complex anywhere on the south coast of England. Our busy serving men and women deserve top quality facilities to improve their physical development so that they are fit to fight and fit for life."
The centre, which is situated just outside Gunwharf Quays, will be available to use for all forces personnel and their dependants, ex-forces and local schools.
James Davis, Naval Base Services Director at BAE Systems said: “We are extremely proud to continue to deliver first class facilities to the Royal Navy. Our extensive upgrade at HMS Temeraire provides a modern complex for service men and women to use and enjoy while keeping fit.”