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Eco friendly credentials for £5m tennis club

CONTRACTOR McLaughlin & Harvey has completed the £5m Chandos Tennis Club in Barnet, London. The new tennis club includes four outdoor

synthetic grass courts, one junior court and four covered tennis courts with a bespoke tent style canopy roof. The PVC fabric roof covering allows the space to be naturally ventilated, boosting the energy efficiency of the building, while also offering protection from the weather all year long. The leisure specialist contractor, who

previously delivered the temporary basketball arena for London 2012 Olympics and is currently on site redeveloping Bristol City’s Ashton Gate Stadium, also delivered a clubhouse with lounge, café, gymnasium, meeting room and changing facilities. The clubhouse was built with a steel frame,

timber cladding and completed with a high- specification finish. The new facility also has 26 secure cycle racks and 41 car parking spaces for members. Built to be as environmentally friendly as

possible, the clubhouse roof is equipped with thermal panels to provide hot water for the whole facility, while photo voltaic panels generate electricity. Water harvesting tanks were also installed to collect rainwater for flushing the toilets. McLaughlin & Harvey was appointed

main contractor for the new tennis club in November 2014 and has completed the project on time and on budget. The new facility was built to replace the previous tennis club situated a couple of miles from the new site. “The club was founded about 80 years

AHR-designed centre draws locals

HOUGH End Leisure Centre in South Manchester is enjoying impressive attendance figures since its launch six months ago with current membership standing at 4,300. Public swimming lessons are also at capacity with more than 600 school swimmers registered. Designed by AHR, the centre is situated

off the busy Princess Road and acts as a gateway to the large playing fields which it sits adjacent to. The £9.2m centre includes a 25m six

lane swimming pool accompanied by a 17m learner pool, two squash courts, 100 station fitness gym, steam room/sauna and a multi-purpose community space, also housing a dance studio. The orientation of the building played an

important part in the design of the centre. AHR wanted to make the most of the natural vista out towards the playing fields to maximise the park land, ensuring the building was fitted with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the green fields. On the adjacent side of the building, the fitness studio faces a busier pedestrianised area of the town - creating links to the local areas. The elevations were designed to

advertise the internal functions of the building. The first floor is conceived as a lightweight metal and glass pod, clearly visible from the main road. Similarly, the dance studio looks out at the playing field from its elevated position. The façade of bronze-toned rain-screen cladding provides the impression of a

natural and robust material next to the green landscape of the playing fields. Proposed tree planting was implemented to help improve the sustainability of the site and help define different routes to the centre. The building itself scored a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’. The leisure centre was commissioned

as part of a £27m scheme by Manchester City Council to renew leisure facilities across Manchester. AHR were selected to design all three of the leisure centres which also included facilities in Beswick and Levenshulme.

ago, based at the same site in Hampstead. Our previously facility was very good but this is a real step up in terms of quality and will make a great difference to the members,” says David Bernstein, chairman at Chandos Tennis Club.


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