King Saud University is the largest and most prestigious university in the Middle East. Established in 1957, the university has currently over 60,000 students. In late 2010 Scott Tallon Walker Architects were appointed architects to design and deliver the new academic buildings and sports campus, which are part of the ongoing expansion and upgrading of academic facilities at the university.
The College of Sports Science and Physical Activity has two primary elements – the College Building, to accommodate the academic activities of the Faculty, and the Sports Campus, which includes the sports halls, swimming pools and athletics arena.
The College Building opens off the shaded street that is the main spine of the college campus. The Sports Campus is on an elevated site to the rear connected to the College Building by an enclosed pedestrian bridge.
The sports campus includes an arena with 16,000 seats for spectators suitable for both athletics, to international standards, as well as acting as the University’s Aula Maxima. Other facilities in the campus include a 50m Olympic standard swimming pool, with separate diving and 25m training pools, halls to accommodate racquet sports, gymnastics, ball sports and marshal arts, a dedicated gym facility as well as associated teaching, conditioning and changing rooms.