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Pembrey Country Park Celebrates Summer Success

Following a £1.4 million investment in a new visitor centre, function room and café, Carmarthenshire County Council is celebrating a bumper summer at Pembrey Country Park.

“Pembrey Country Park has always been one of Wales’ top visitor attractions but this summer has been extraordinary in terms of the number of visitors and income generated,” explains Neil Thomas Senior Outdoor Recreation Manager. “Over the summer holidays we have experienced a 10 per cent increase in footfall and a 15 per cent uplift in revenue on last year. There is little doubt that our success is due to the improvements we have made to our facilities.

“The natural beauty of the park, with its 500 acres of woodland and eight miles of golden sands has always attracted visitors but we felt we were not supporting the natural beauty with fit for purpose amenities. For example, we offered limited on site catering provision, in particular for the large numbers of guests staying on our caravan site.  We were missing a trick from a customer experience and revenue generation point of venue.”

In 2017, Carmarthenshire County Council tasked Alliance Leisure, via the UK Leisure Framework, to design and build a 400 square foot visitor centre, function room and café. Works got underway in February and were completed in 21 weeks, ready for the summer season.

Neil Thomas, adds: “We took the decision to manage the café in house rather than rent the space to a third party.  This has been a great decision. During July and August we served more than 50,000 customers.

“The function room has also been popular. So far, we have hosted children’s parties, corporate events and even have our first wedding booked for 2020. The space occupies 60 square feet and is extremely versatile, offering direct access to outside, the café and the restrooms.

Gillian Dunster, Business Development Manager at Alliance Leisure, says: “Our brief was to design and build facilities which would enhance the member experience and provide opportunities to generate new incomes, creating a sustainable future for the Park.

“The first two months of operation suggest that working in close partnership with the council, we have delivered on both counts. Pembrey County Park is an area of natural beauty and now provides visitors with the infra structure they need to fully enjoy all the activities on offer from dry slope skiing and crazy golf to adventure play, horse riding, camping and nature trails.”

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.

Exmouth Leisure Centre Plans Revealed

Check out these images of Exmouth Leisure Centre’s new gym facility due to open in May 2015.

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Full details on the project can be found here:

http://www.ledleisure.co.uk/blog/2015/04/01/exmouth-leisure-centre-re-development

Work Begins to Transform Howe Bridge Sports Centre

The £2.9 million transformation of Howe Bridge Sports Centre into a first class family fitness facility has begun. WLCT Howe Bridge Work Starts 5Alliance Leisure is working in partnership with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) and construction company ISG construction, to renovate the building on behalf of Wigan Council.

The first phase of the project will see a new health and fitness suite developed on the first floor, the creation of a new lobby and café plus new cladding put on the building outside. As part of the new strategic partnership for leisure, Wigan Council has invested £2.4m in to the project. Leisure partner WLCT secured £500,000 from the National Lottery’s Sport England Improvement Fund as added investment to the project.

Cllr Paul Kenny, cabinet member for resources at Wigan Council, said: “I’m delighted to see the physical works starting on this project, which will bring new, improved leisure opportunities to people in Wigan Borough. As part of the Deal we want to encourage people in our communities to get more active and the facilities that we are providing at Howe Bridge Sports Centre will enable residents to do just that.”

Pete Burt, managing director of WLCT, said: “We’re extremely excited about what’s happening at Howe Bridge and really proud that we will be managing the new centre. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to Wigan Council to support investment into leisure facilities and use our industry expertise to deliver the activities and services that will make fitness fun and change the lives of local people.”

James Foley, business development manager for Alliance Leisure said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with both the council and trust to bring to life this innovative Sport England-supported scheme. The project will transform the site dramatically and it is a pleasure to be able to help make an impact at a local level in my hometown, returning to the facilities I myself learnt to swim in over 30 years ago!”

The new centre will combine traditional sports facilities with a high quality health and fitness suite and innovative leisure products including VerTGo Adventure Climbing, Indoor Extreme Skate Park and adventure play facilities. The new health and fitness suite will include an 80-station gym, sauna and steam room, a spinning studio, a studio for group fitness and new changing rooms. The centre’s reception area will also be opened up and an enhanced catering and vending offer introduced. In addition, a high quality, synthetic football and rugby-compliant pitch will be introduced on site. The downstairs gym will remain open while the works are carried out so there will be no disruption for customers.

Work on the scheme is due to be completed by November.

Local press coverage:

www.leighjournal.co.uk/news/11749944.Work_starts_of_sports_centre_renovation

http://www.fitness-kit.net/detail1.cfm?linktype=EDITORIAL&code=31331777&codeID=313712&dom=N

 

 

 

 

Centre Development Given Go Ahead for Torfaen Leisure Trust

cwmbran stadiumTorfaen Leisure Trust is delighted to announce that the development proposals for Cwmbran Stadium leisure centre will be going ahead.  The initial proposals were approved by the Torfaen Leisure Trust Board in January 2014. Since that time a great deal of detailed work has been carried out by the Trust to agree the design and the funding package, the Trust were required to seek the necessary approvals such as submitting a planning application for the 3G pitch.

The Trust Board has approved the appointment of Alliance Leisure as its development partner for the project. Alun Williams Chair of Torfaen Leisure Trust said: “I’m delighted that these exciting proposals for the redevelopment of Cwmbran Stadium are going ahead. The proposals put forward will provide improvements that are both modern and vibrant. We passionately believe that our customer experience should be first class. This is a great opportunity to reward all of our current members for their loyalty and the new facilities will offer a significant attraction to new customers and enable us to grow our business and improve the health and fitness of more people in Torfaen.”

The development project will be delivered in two Phases:

Phase 1: Changing the use of the current 4 Court Sports Hall to create an Indoor Climbing ‘Vertigo’ centre, a large Soft Play area, and a Coffee Shop A new 70 station Fitness Suite with Functional Training Improvements to the current reception area

Phase 2: Convert the current grass pitch into a 3G surface

Lewis Jones, deputy leader of Torfaen council, said: “The delivery of this project supports the council’s decision to form a trust to provide leisure services in Torfaen. These new facilities will help to sustain Cwmbran Stadium in the long term, taking into account changing fitness trends and creating a more contemporary environment for people of all ages to enjoy. Once complete, the new facilities will act as a focal point for community activities and increase levels of physical activity across the county borough.”

Sally Church CEO of Torfaen Leisure explained: “The project for Cwmbran Stadium will help Torfaen Leisure Trust deliver on its three keys aims; To have “More People, More Active More Often”, to support long term sustainability and future investment, and to ensure value for money.”

There are a couple of key messages regarding the project; the Trust are investing despite the current financial climate and significant spending constraints, and the redevelopment improvements will provide wider community benefits such as the opportunity to participate in a wider variety of new activities aimed at the whole community and with particular emphasis on children, young people and families.

Sally Church added “We have to make the best possible use of all our resources. Replacing the current grass centre pitch with a 3G pitch and converting the small sports hall will enable us to meet the demand, we know is there for more and better fitness and sports facilities and we will put the space to the best possible use for the maximum number of customers. The proposed redevelopment will not result in the closure of Cwmbran Stadium.

cwmbran stadium“We will deliver the project in two Phases, Phase 1 will be the internal redevelopment and Phase 2 will be the conversion of the current grass pitch into a 3G pitch. We have been assured by Alliance Leisure that they always work in ‘live’ facilities and its supply team are skilled in maintaining services thus keeping disruption to a minimum. We fully appreciate that some sports hall and centre pitch users will see some disruption but, where possible, we will help current users through the use of accessible, alternative, facilities, for example we are making the current grass pitch available to customers who currently use the 4 Courts Sports Hall for bookings to ensure we that we continue to provide a service, in fact we have gained new bookings as a result of making the grass pitch available throughout the week.

“The Trust will ensure that all customers, residents and other local club, or community groups will be kept up to date on progress with the proposals.”