Leisure & Hospitality fast facts
No two projects are the same in this sector. To help us satisfy our clients’ aspirations, we like to engage as early as possible so that we have influence while scoping is still ongoing. This helps us fully understand requirements and potential challenges and issues, putting us in a good position to offer the best advice, taking into account important factors such as buildability, phasing and environmental impact.
Often facilities remain fully operational while our work is ongoing. This means working closely with stakeholders to plan and phase our activity to minimise the impact of the works on our clients, end users and communities.
The landmark sports and entertainment developments we create and maintain draw visitors from across the UK and beyond. To continue to attract the crowds, venues must deliver an excellent view but more than that, visitors want to feel part of the action on the pitch or at centre stage and enjoy first-class hospitality as well.
With a track record which includes a £37m transformation of Cheltenham Racecourse and maintaining the Imperial War Museum in London, we are one of few contractors with the breadth of experience to create iconic buildings and excellent customer experience at the same time. With every project we bring specialist knowledge, sector-leading experience and fresh thinking to create cutting-edge, innovative solutions which help build the valuable memories which make these venues so popular.
We work on hotels which span the complete spectrum of style and budget. We have experience of working with listed buildings and retaining facades where quality and finish are key. Our buildings teams have made significant investment in modern methods of construction, including the use of prefabricated volumetric bedrooms and bathroom pods for hotels, panelised system build and cross laminated timber structures, which increases the speed projects are completed, eliminates waste and reduces health and safety risks.
Wet and dry leisure
With health and wellbeing becoming increasingly important, there has been a significant increase in the provision of leisure facilities for both private and public-sector operators.
These facilities are a major source of energy use, accounting for about a third of running costs in a typical sports centre. Kier are designing, constructing and managing facilities in a way which reduces this consumption – better for the environment and better financially.
We have the experience and expertise to manage the whole remit of development, through design, construction, refurbishment and then ongoing facilities management, including specialist areas such as swimming pools with moveable floors to alter pool depth and ice rinks.
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Developing the first site outside Devon and Cornwall for Trago Mills, an independent, family owned and run discount leisure retailer. Bringing much needed employment to the area it includes 11 retail units, external sales area, café, garden centre, goods yard, ice cream stall, bandstand, adventure dome and model railway.
Creating a new £19m aviation museum showcasing the role played by the Bristol site in Britain’s aviation history, including a hangar to house the last Concorde ever to fly, restoring a Grade 1 listed First World War hangar to create an exhibition space
Developing Chester's largest and most ambitious ever creative project, working in a restricted city centre location, adapting the programme when a Roman building was discovered on site, restoring and revitalising a Grade II Listed building, creating new cultural spaces and receiving the Arts Council's highest ever score for a building.
Restoring, renovating and extending this prestigious Grade A listed performing arts building, utilising building conservation techniques whilst internally upgrading the interiors and finishes to a high quality and installing new, modern building services and a/v equipment throughout.
Identifying this 20.5 acre site in Reading as a strategic development opportunity, delivering a retail and leisure scheme including new homes, a hotel, retail space, car showrooms and industrial units, trailing new innovations and generating 263 jobs and £138m of social value.
As part of the Football Association’s master-plan to build new football facilities in 30 cities by 2020, Kier have successfully delivered four all-purpose football hubs using state of the art 3G artificial grass at key grass-root areas across Liverpool.
The Aperture is the first phase of residential buildings on the Greenwich Peninsula. This five storey building comprises of a restaurant and deli on the ground floor, day nursery on the first floor, estate management and a community centre on the second/third floors with a gym on the remaining floors.
Transforming a tired council facility into a modern new leisure centre in the north of Sheffield, adhering to Sport England guidelines and taking on board local concerns, introducing a bold exterior design and keeping to tight deadlines.
Constructing a new retail unit that included remodelling existing car parks, a major re-alignment of the existing spine road - including removal of roundabouts - significant public utility services diversions and installation of toucan crossings.
Completing the penultimate phase of the £65m waterfront development, taking it through the planning process, regenerating over 17 acres in Walsall including The Light Cinema and popular national restaurant chains, making the most of a canalised location and engaging with the local community.
Delivering the £450m Watford Riverwell as a 15-20 year joint venture with Watford Borough Council, which involved regenerating 70 acres of land in West Watford to create residential, office, retail, leisure, industrial and hotel space.
Creating a new retail and leisure heart for the town comprising 23 shops, restaurants and bars, together with a multi-screen Empire cinema, 60 bed Premier Inn hotel and a 345 space car park.
Creating a new visitor centre at this Site of Special Scientific Interest after the previous one was damaged by a tidal surge, ensuring its protection from flooding and its coastal position, incorporating sustainable features and refurbishing an 1800s coastguard building to be used as an exhibition space.
Designing and constructing a new leisure complex within this holiday village on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, including toddler and 20m adult swimming pools, Tornado and Twister flume rides, and water playground, gymnasium, other leisure facilities and associated plant and equipment.
Creating a viable and affordable facility that brought all Crewe's lifestyle services - pool, gym, sports hall, library, specialist daycare and family service facilities - together under one roof, meeting a diverse range of user needs and building within a constrained town centre site.
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.
Building a striking new build boutique hotel with works comprising the design, construction and fit out of 192 hotel rooms, 4,700m2 Cat A office space and full fit out of three floors of bars and restaurants.
" Huge credit must go to the team for completing a project of this scale not only on budget but ahead of schedule and to a standard fitting of the Home of Jump Racing. "Managing Director The Jockey Club