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sports & leisure facilities special report


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‘To avoid visual intrusion the centre is clad mainly in


aluminium but with a striking green copper cladding used to denote the entrance’


© S+P Architects “This allows an active frontage and visual draw. Much of


the interior is visible from outside so potential patrons can see what is going on and at night the centre glows out at you.” The sports hall has been kept to the rear to limited visual impact. Leisure centres need specialist electrical equipment, which


was provided by REL Electrical on a £2.2 million contract which included works to the 2,300 m2


Waitrose store and the


car park. The contract included installing movable floors,


underwater swimming cameras and associated controls for the swimming pool.


Managing director Toby Buckley says: “One of the biggest


challenges was the lighting. Due to the nature of the pool, which will be used for competitions as well as general leisure use, two different levels of lighting were required. This demanded a very detailed design, which would meet the requirements set by Sport England, so we carried out computer-aided light simulation modelling to achieve this. “The design had to result in a high level of lighting for


competitions and ensure minimal glare on the pool surface.” The adjacent car park provides 323 spaces over five staggered levels, with green walls and hedges as screening to Continued overleaf...


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