The Challenge:

The existing sports centre was becoming constrained since it was opened up to the public, and CLC decided to invest in more modern facilities both for teaching and public membership.

A complex scheme involving town centre access restrictions, the project was situated on a ‘live’ site with both public and student access. The site team liaised and collaborated with CLC to maintain the operations of the existing centre and ensure the safety of all staff, students and visitors.

The new facilities were built wrapping around the existing centre and during construction there were no lost business or education hours for the students and the public. Solid hoarding was erected, and coded gates were installed for optimum safety requirements on this congested site; this was particularly important with 45 metre circular steel trusses being craned in tandem and the 45 metre Kalzip aluminium roof being positioned by mobile tower crane.

The Solution:

The key to this contract was to phase the works as simply as possible to keep the day-to-day running of the existing centre as normal as possible. The leisure centre members were constantly being kept informed through posters, displays and joint communication efforts by Kier and CLC.

It was critical throughout the works to ensure maintenance of the swimming pool, a fitness suite, changing facilities and to keep the existing reception and front of house as it was. Simplicity of programming and sequencing and getting the logistics right contributed to the safety of everyone: staff, students and public.

In order to reduce the programme and minimise disruption, Kier introduced modular construction for male, female, and disabled changing facilities.

The Impact

This high specification driven health and fitness centre was delivered on programme, quality and on budget to an extremely delighted client.

The Ladies’ College were pleased to report that throughout the 57-week duration of the contract the works made little difference to public membership numbers and no student teaching hours were lost.

Student engagement visits took place every week for staff and girls with architectural and engineering interests and a Constructing Excellence event was delivered on site before handover.

" A very successful project with great stakeholder feedback; we as the client couldn’t have asked for more. We are very much looking forward to working with Kier again "
Ian Minchella Estates Manager Cheltenham Ladies College

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