Watson Batty Architects were appointed by Parkwood Leisure as part of a Design, Build, Manage and operate procurement up to RIBA Stage 4 and then were novated to Speller Metcalfe Construction to deliver RIBA Stages 5 and 6 of the project with successful completion in December 2019.
The completed new building accommodates a four-court sports hall; 4 dry changing rooms, 2 nos flexible dance-studios, 60-stations fitness suite, café and ancillary accommodation. The scheme also includes floodlit FA standard synthetic football pitches and a car park.
The Council had a number of core outcomes and objectives to deliver from the new facility to ensure it goes on to support and deliver the overall corporate objectives of the Council. These were:
• 4 Court Sports Hall
• 60 Station Health & Fitness
• Indoor Cycling Studio
• Dance Studio
• Group Changing Rooms including Official Change.
• Group Changing Rooms & Access to accommodate school use
• Reception/Storage/Vending and Cafe area.
• Artificial Grass Pitch
• The design also allows for future expansion on site to accommodate a swimming pool as long term ambition.
As designers, our challenge was to ensure we delivered a successful design for a modern facility that reflected our client’s approach to sport and leisure delivery whilst complying with the latest Sport Governing Bodies recommendations and working to a tight budget. Designing and re-routing an existing live right of way/public footpath and complying with a number planning conditions were few of a long list of Local Authority requirements that we had to comply with.
The facility will be used by the community of Broughton Astley and the students at Thomas Astley Community College. The building is designed to accommodate a dedicated and secured access from the Academy side to the leisure centre.