modular & offsite construction

Delivering uninterrupted leisure

Modular buildings are proving appealing solutions for operators who are looking for both temporary and permanent structures to house their leisure facilities.

SOMETIMES it’s easy to underestimate the importance that leisure facilities can have in the local community, and it’s only when they come under threat that their true value is realised. In some instances this can happen in the blink of an eye “It’s completely gone – it’s a write off.”

This was how Stuart Flynn, owner of Kenwick Park Hotel in Lincolnshire, described the hotel’s leisure complex after it was ravaged by a fire attended by more

than 40 fire fighters. Fortunately there were no injuries and

surprisingly little damage to the building’s surroundings. It would have an impact beyond the hotel grounds, however, as the facility was not only used by hotel guests, but also by local families, retirees and community groups. The hotel was faced with the question of what they could do for these users while a new building was constructed. The answer came in the form of a

Meppershall’s interim Village Hall (also above)

refurbished modular building. The hotel contacted Wernick Refurbished Buildings about the possibility of delivering a temporary gym. The contract was signed within days of the initial enquiry and design on the new facility could begin. The manager of the leisure complex

produced a sketch that would form the basis of the design; the new building would require a reception area with lockers as well as an exercise room and gym area. The fully equipped building was opened four weeks after work began on site.

an interim solution It doesn’t have to be a disaster that renders leisure space unusable. Some facilities, like Meppershall Village Hall, was going to receive a substantial upgrade. Housing developer Croudace Homes worked with Meppershall Village Hall Charity and Meppershall Parish Council to construct a brand new village hall to better cater for the many needs of its varied user base. This construction, however, would

require demolishing the existing building, and Meppershall was faced with the prospect of being without a town hall for the duration of construction. The hall served as, among other things, a nursery, rehearsal space and bar and was used by everyone from the Brownies to the kickboxing club. A high quality interim solution would be needed. 25

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