The new facility will include a 12-court sports hall, including international-standard netball courts and bleacher-style seating for 700 spectators. The aim is to make the University the regional hub for netball.
It will also include a strength and conditioning suite plus enhanced changing facilities.
As part of the work, the current sports hall, which is listed, is being refurbished to include a 120 station fitness gym, two aerobics/spin studios, a martial arts combat gym and enhanced changing facilities.
In addition, a £1.8-million football hub, funded in part with a £500,000 donation from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund is being created, including a pavilion, classrooms, changing rooms and a physiotherapy room.
Already the investment has seen resurfacing of all the artificial pitches, which include a sand-based hockey pitch and two 3G football pitches as well as a new 3G pitch which is football and rugby compliant.
Dave Varley, Head of Sport at the University of Hull, said: “It is fantastic we are breaking ground on the next phase of our investment in enhancing sporting our sports facilities. We place a high value on sport and this in the next investment in our sport and active recreation transformation strategy.
“Our students have been heavily involved in shaping this investment and we can’t wait to show off our superb new facilities when they are finished. As well as access to high-quality sporting facilities, this investment will enable us to carry out research and further academic study into elite performance.”