Watson Batty were appointed by the University to undertake the remodelling and refurbishment of their existing sports campus pavilion. The project ran concurrently alongside a separate contract to deliver a new floodlit, full size, artificial sports pitch as part of a wider development of their sports campus. Sited just outside the city centre the campus provides for a range of outdoor university sports and activities including football, hockey, rugby and American football, and has been designed in accordance with the latest Sport England design guidance.
Watson Batty worked closely with the university’s estates team and the student union sports clubs/societies throughout the early design stages of the project. This included managing consultation workshops with end users and key stakeholders. A traditional contract, the project was project managed by Concept PM who also undertook the Contract Administration role. The planning application and building regulations applications were undertaken and completed successfully by Watson Batty.
The new accommodation provided includes an additional four 20 person team changing rooms each with showers and washroom facilities alongside officials changing rooms and a new dedicated changing locker space. At the front of the building the main entrance and multi use social spaces were reconfigured and extended to provide a new reception, additional washrooms, a new teaching/classroom space (with folding sliding acoustic screen) and improved bar/kitchen facilities. Undertaken on a live site, the modifications required extensive alterations to the existing roof and external fabric.
Supporting a wide range of sport and leisure activities, the project provides modern changing room, social and learning facilities for the students and staff of De Montfort University. The improved facilities will also enable continued local community use too.
Watson Batty Architects undertook the roles of lead design consultant and architect on the project, supporting the project team with their extensive knowledge and experience of the sport and leisure sector. This was particularly important during the crucial early stages when leading consultation exercises with key stakeholders and end users. During the tender stage Watson Batty assisted the client with achieving a number of necessary cost savings tabling innovative/best value proposals at workshop meetings. Attending site regularly throughout the construction period helped the project team achieve a high quality build and ensured that any clarifications were responded to swiftly.