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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.”

Denbighshire works with Alliance Leisure to secure the future of local play provision

Denbighshire Housing is bucking the national trend for playground closures by investing in play areas across the county.

Working with leisure development specialists Alliance Leisure Services and equipment providers HAGS, Denbighshire has invested almost £900,000 over the last three years in upgrading and improving playgrounds across its housing estates.

Denbighshire Housing has spent more than £420,000 this year alone in renovating play areas in Ruthin, Cynwyd, Rhyl and Henllan with a variety of modern and challenging play equipment. The playgrounds include dedicated areas for children aged two to four years and for those aged four and above.

Specialist equipment has also been installed to make the playgrounds accessible for children with disabilities, along with accessible footpaths, replacement fencing and wet pour surfacing to ensure they can be used all year round.

In addition to the upgrades, a new play park has been built in Rhuallt following consultations with local people. Located in an old school field, the new development will bring play facilities to the community for the first time.

“We want to encourage children to learn through play, which is why our play areas and landscaping improvement programme has started taking shape. We have a planned programme for refurbishments as it is really important to invest in outdoor play and activities for children in safe environments. We also want well maintained and attractive places to live for our communities,” says  Tony Thomas, Denbighshire’s lead member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment.

Importantly, Denbighshire Housing will inspect, monitor and repair the play areas to ensure they remain safe, clean and inviting for the future.

“Denbighshire understands the value of play and the important role it  plays in the lives of children. Hundreds of playgrounds are being closed across the UK at a time of rising levels of childhood obesity. Denbighshire Housing is one of the few organisations that remains committed to safeguarding the future of its play provision and thereby the health and wellbeing of local children,” says Will Gardner, Business Development Manager, Alliance Leisure.

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

tmactive Larkfield project nominated for Community Leisure UK Awards 2019

We are delighted to hear that tmactive are finalists in the Community Leisure UK Awards 2019.  Nominated in the Capital Investment category for the recent Development Project at Larkfield Leisure Centre delivered in partnership with Alliance Leisure, the Community Leisure UK awards aim to recognise, showcase and honour the extraordinary impact of public leisure and cultural services throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The £1 million redevelopment project was funded entirely by tmactive, with a further £200,000 provided by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council for replacement gym equipment.

The two phased project took 9 months to complete and included building two new group exercise studios and Kent’s first Immersive Spin Studio, providing local people with over 150 group exercises classes to choose from each week.

During Phase 2 of the project, the Gym was extended and redesigned to include brand new market-leading Technogym cardiovascular and resistance equipment which incorporates new Unity screens, providing touch ID, personalization, exercise programming and customer contact software. In addition, a brand new dedicated Functional Training Area was added, complete with the UK’s largest 12 station Outrace Rig that offers scheduled group HIIT and HIIT Circuit classes.

Martin Guyton, tmactive’s Chief Executive is extremely pleased to be nominated for the award: “This was the largest single investment we have made into one our centres since we took over the management from the Borough Council five years ago. Our customers told us they wanted more exercise classes as well as a bigger and better gym, and that’s what we delivered.”

We wish tmactive luck for the award!

Work Starts at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

Work has started today on the £3.6m investment at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre with construction partner Createability. Alliance Leisure were appointed as the development partner for South Gloucestershire Council and Circadian Trust and the Bradley Stoke project will be the first in this partnership.
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The development will include:
– 17-Wall XHeight climbing facility
– Large adventure play
– 12-Station toning suite
– Larger Group Exercise and Multi-Purpose Studios
– Gym Expansion
– Party Rooms
– Additional Parking Spaces
– Refurbished Changing Rooms
– Soho Café Expansion

The project is being phased to minimise disruption to the centre:

Phase 1:
Conversion of 2 squash courts to 2 large studio’s
Refurbishment of the female dry changing rooms
Completes early May 2016
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Phase 2:
Conversion of 2 courts from the 6 court hall to climbing and play
Refurbishment of the male changing rooms
Gym extension
Café extension
Car park expansion
Façade upgrade
Completes October 2016
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Phase 3:
Conversion of existing soft play to toning and 2 party rooms
Refurbishment of existing studio’s
Completes January 2017

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.

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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/

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