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Q & A with ISG and their development of Monmouth Leisure Centre

Alliance Leisure worked with ISG to build a 25m swimming pool and spa within the existing structure of a sports hall. We talk to Mark Gibson, ISG site manager, about this impressive feat of construction engineering.

Q. How did you come to be involved in the scheme?

Alliance Leisure appointed us as principle build contractor to refurbish and extend Monmouth Leisure Centre in South Wales. The £7.4m project was the 18th scheme that Alliance Leisure had awarded us through the UK Leisure Framework. It has certainly been one of the most complicated, but anything is possible with the right team and procurement approach.

Q. What was the brief?

Monmouthshire County Council wanted to future-proof the centre’s facilities while meeting demand in under-represented markets in the area such as health and wellbeing and children’s play. The project would provide a raft of new facilities including a new gym, studios, a toning suite, children’s play area and café. The town had been without a public pool for some years, so the council also wanted the development to include a 25m pool and a spa.

Q. What made the project so complex?

The leisure centre shares its site and some of its facilities with Monmouth Comprehensive School. At the time of the redevelopment, a new home for the school was being built to the left of the leisure centre. With the existing school sitting to the right of the centre, the only place to put the pool was in the leisure centre’s sports hall.

The combination of the location of the leisure centre between the old and new schools, just one access road into the site and 2,000 pupils passing the live construction site every hour made the logistics of the project hugely challenging. We always knew this was going to be a difficult project, but logistically it was more challenging than projects I have run in central London.

Before work could begin on the pool, we had to erect a temporary sports hall to accommodate the school and community while the project was ongoing. We built temporary facilities for the London 2012 Olympics, so were able to construct a high spec, four-court hall in six weeks that was bigger and better than its permanent predecessor.

Q. How did you overcome the challenges?

We worked with Alliance Leisure to develop innovative solutions to a number of challenges caused by the logistical constraints of the site. A single narrow strip – 1.5m at its thinnest point – provided the only access to the hall. We had to remove a section of the elevation to get the necessary piling equipment and plant machinery into the building to facilitate the work.

We stripped the building back to its shell and treated with spray-on insultation to protect and seal the hall and prevent any impact onto the adjoining dry site.

Monmouth has soft ground as well as a high water table, which called for some innovative temporary works solutions and creative piling designs to support the new swimming pool.

The existing concrete slab in the sports hall needed to be broken out before excavation work could commence. However, traditional temporary works solutions could not be implemented due to logistical constraints. An innovative solution was developed to install a king-post wall to form a u-shape around the deep end of the pool. I-beam posts were driven into the bedrock at 1.2m intervals and then railway sleepers were slotted between the beams on top of one another to form a sacrificial support structure. Another bespoke element saw the use of steel tube piles instead of CFA piles. This solution minimised noise and vibration and reduced the volume of arisings produced.

We also used a sprayed concrete system to cast the slab and walls of the pool. Rejecting a typical formwork solution, again due to logistical constraints and to provide a quicker application, we used a specialist lightweight concrete mix. This unorthodox approach delivered significant time savings – with the entire pool completed within a week and designed, built and tested to BS EN 1992-3:2006 standards.

Q. What made this a successful project?

Construction is not about putting blocks on top of each other; it’s about creativity, innovation and changing perceptions. Thanks to our successful partnership with Alliance Leisure, we were able to take a pragmatic approach to the project, value engineering as and when necessary. This included redesigning the spa area to make better use of the space and include a treatment room. You can only make these types of improvements on projects where you have such close collaboration.

To view more details on the Monmouth development visit our case studies page here

WORK EXPERIENCE SUCCESS

At our development at Haverhill Leisure Centre our partners at the Etec Group welcomed a work experience placement, Arthur Pickton.

Arthur had been given the opportunity to complete 40 hours of work experience at the Haverhill Leisure Centre refurbishment site in Suffolk.  He is a Level 3 student studying Construction and the Built Environment at The Milburn Campus, West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds and has plans to pursue a career in site management, and has been working alongside Site Manager, Steve Koeck.  Steve says, ‘I can honestly say it is a pleasure to have a young person who is keen to learn and so positive.

Arthur has also been spending time with other staff, learning how the trades work, helping him to gain vital knowledge about how an efficient and effective site runs.

Arthur says, ‘Steve and several sub-contractors I have worked with during my placement have made me feel very welcome, supported me with tasks and learning in the best way possible and for that I am overwhelmed with the outcome of my work experience at Etec.’

Arthur is keen to learn more and plans to extend his work experience beyond the 40 hour requirement for his course. He is a real credit to both himself and West Suffolk College.

ALLIANCE LEISURE SECURES NEW UK WIDE LEISURE FRAMEWORK

Alliance Leisure - UK Leisure framework agreementThe development of public sector leisure facilities is set to become more efficient and affordable after Denbighshire County Council appointed Alliance Leisure to lead its new UK Leisure Framework.

As the Leisure Development Partner of the new Framework, Alliance Leisure will facilitate the delivery of design, refurbishment, construction, equipping and development of leisure centres, theatres, play facilities, recreation facilities and sports facilities across the UK public sector and will also provide marketing support.

The announcement comes as funding cuts are forcing many local authorities to divert cash from leisure to maintain essential services leaving much of the UK’s ageing public leisure stock overdue for redevelopment.

The new Framework makes it easier and more cost-effective for public sector leisure providers to scope, develop and deliver physical leisure developments as well as cultural and marketing related services. It follows the successful relationship between Alliance Leisure and Denbighshire County Council during which has seen the development of eight projects over the last four years.

“The introduction of this Leisure Framework is hugely significant,” says Councillor Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire County Council. “Traditionally, procuring development works is a costly and time consuming headache for local authority leisure providers. The Framework will simplify the whole process making it more cost and time efficient. It will also ensure only suppliers with proven track records are engaged, mitigating the risk involved when selecting delivery partners to ensure value for money to the public sector.”

The Framework is open to any public sector organisation including local authorities, leisure trusts and private limited companies operating leisure facilities on behalf of UK public sector clients.

Sarah Watts, CEO, Alliance Leisure, says: “Denbighshire County Council is leading the way with this Framework, which is focused on reducing costs and improving efficiencies for both the client and the contractor, ensuring a larger percentage of the client’s overall budget is allocated to the development project, rather than the procurement process.

Rhyl Leisure Centre - Alliance Leisure“The option to use the Framework’s marketing services is also unique. Alliance Leisure is able to provide these services on an income-share basis, without the need for any upfront payment. The client is then only required to make payments when pre-agreed income targets are met.”

To reflect the individuality of every project, Alliance Leisure has selected a number of contractors, architects, specialist leisure advisors and equipment suppliers, to provide Framework services across a number of categories including; feasibility studies and business planning, design management and services, construction, sourcing and provision of private funding, marketing, branding and sales development and equipment provision.

Procured in accordance with EU Procurement Regulations by Denbighshire County Council, the Framework term is four years, commencing on February 1, 2017 and the Board comprises of Officers from Denbighshire County Council and representatives from Alliance Leisure. The Leisure Framework has a potential value of £750 million and the maximum value of any project awarded under the Framework is £20 million.

For more information, visit www.leisureframework.co.uk

Environmental Award presented to Alliance Leisure

Alliance Leisure were proud to collect their Investors In the Environment (iiE) Silver Accreditation Award at the annual ceremony held at Peterborough’s Kingsgate Conference Centre on the 2nd February 2016.

iiE Award

Tom Fairey, Business Development Manager for Alliance Leisure collects the company accreditation

IIE Silver AwardInvestors in the Environment (iiE) is a national initiative to recognise and accredit companies that commit to green practices in all they do, and strive to maintain and improve them.  After a recent assessment of Alliance’s energy efficiency and environmental impact throughout the business, the company were accredited with the iiE Silver Award, acknowledging the contribution to green initiatives and good practice.

http://www.opportunitypeterborough.co.uk/events/iie-awards/

National Networking Event Comes to Scotland

Alliance Leisure will be hosting another of its national events in Scotland on the 11th November at Xcite Craigswood.  This workshop will bring together senior leisure managers to discuss a range of relevant topics as well as receive updates from ukactive and Alliance about their observations covering the whole of the UK.

The day will commence at 10am and finish around 3pm.  For more information or to book your place please contact John Leaver on 07909988532 or email training@allianceleisure.co.uk

Click on the programme schedule below for full details of the day.

Networking event