Thursday, March 17, 2016




This Design Guidance has been written specifically with Badminton as the primary consideration. The modern game demands special playing conditions  that many halls could easily have provided at the design stage, but which would now be more expensive to achieve through alterations. Although some technical terms are used throughout this
document they have been kept to the minimum so that the professional designer and the club player can both gain from this information. Badminton is one of the most popular sports in the U.K. and is frequently the most popular sport in multi-sport halls. Therefore, if operators create the best possible conditions for Badminton this will have a significant positive impact on usage and user satisfaction which, in turn, will boost business and return on investment.

Space between courts

Table 2 shows the minimum run off requirements around a court at different levels of play. The same minimum space should still be maintained between all courts whatever the size of the hall. The distances from court lines to division curtains must be allowed on both sides of the curtain if there are Badminton courts on both sides. Where appropriate, additional space should be allowed for spectators and players to sit, fo circulation, and for match officials’ seats and judges’ tables, especially where the facility is to be used for tournaments.
If the hall dimensions are larger than necessary, then the spaces around courts can be greater.

Layout of Court

The court must be marked out in easily distinguishable 40 mm wide lines. They may be applied by paint or inlaid and should be matt white in colour. In exceptional circumstances, where it is not possible for these lines to be white, yellow may be an acceptable alternative. Where a multi-purpose hall is accredited / funded by BADMINTON England, the badminton lines should be dominant. Where the courts are laid out “end to end” there must be a curtain between the ends of the courts and it is essential that the minimum run-off dimension is maintained on both sides of the curtain (see Table 2). In this configuration, to any distractions caused by movement and lights from the other courts, the curtain between the courts should preferably be of solid material to full height, rather than standard sports hall dividing nets. 


The preferred flooring for playing badminton is a sprung floor covered with a vinyl impact absorbent covering. This creates an area-elastic floor covered with a point-elastic top layer; and is referred to as a floor with combined-elastic properties. The other type of floor commonly used and accepted by BADMINTON England is a sprung floor covered with wooden strip flooring to give area-elastic properties. The top surface should be laid as parallel strips rather than herringbone or other patterns which can be distracting to players.
Some facilities for multi-sports use, particularly on school sites, are fitted with a seamless wet-poured polyurethane flooring system. This would normally create a point-elastic floor but, if a synthetic area-stiffening component is introduced to create a mixed-elastic floor, this may be acceptable for Badminton. The standards

A background against which a fast moving shuttle can be seen easily is critically important for the successful playing of the game. The ideal badminton hall has four plain walls with no windows or roof lights. There should be no distracting attachments, particularly brightly colored items. There should be no ledges or other projections likely to trap shuttles. The surface texture, color value must be consistent and uninterrupted over the full height of the hall. In the case of a refurbishment where it is not practical to
remove glazing, it must be covered by blinds or shutters to exclude natural light completely.

The internal acoustics of a hall can have a significant impact on its suitability for Badminton,
and particularly for coaching the sport. Badminton does not require the walls to be as robust as some other sports necessitate. However, multi-sport halls need hard surfaces, to withstand impact damage, and these tend to have poor soundabsorbency properties, which results in sound reverberating within the hall. This can lead to poor speech intelligibility and high background noise levels, making it difficult for coaches to manage
and control their players.

Lighting is one of the most important requirements in the design of a hall where badminton is to be played. It is essential to consider lighting early in
the design stage so that the lighting layout, lam type and background colours can be co-ordinates with other aspects of the design. (ref. Sport England’s forthcoming Design Guidance Note ‘Artificial Sports Lighting’).

Heating and ventilation

Most sports hall heating and ventilation systems will be designed to deliver a temperature range of 12 - 20oC. The most comfortable temperature for playing Badminton is around 16oC. Temperatures as low as 12oC may be acceptable, particularly for performance play and it is recognized that, without air cooling, temperatures may exceed 20oC during
periods of hot weather but, wherever possible, heat loss/solar gain should be minimised through insulation.

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