sports buildings

Hybrid sports hall opens at £30m leisure centre

RUBB designed, manufactured and constructed a sports facility as part of a new £30m leisure facility in Northern Ireland. The six court hall accommodates a diverse range of sports for schools, local sports organisations and the community of Dairy Hall in Newtownards. The Dairy Hall Leisure Centre replaces the existing leisure centre at William Street, Newtownards, which has been open since the 1970s. The new £30m leisure facility will act as the primary leisure destination for Newtownards and the surrounding area. Rubb worked with main contractor Heron Bros and Ards and North Down Borough Council to supply a 43m span x 59m long sports facility. The multi-purpose space can accommodate a large number of sports including badminton, basketball, football, gymnastics, netball, tennis, trampolining and volleyball amongst others, as well as providing inclement weather cover training facilities in the winter months. In the summer it will host sports classes and can also accommodate larger individual events.

The steel frame of the building is constructed within a 3m high traditional brick perimeter wall which transitions seamlessly with the Rubb fabric sports hall cladding and the main conventional building.

Bespoke gym helps grow membership

SPACIOTEMPO has created a bespoke facility for a new gym at Bude Leisure Centre. The new temporary structure has allowed

operators GLL to replace the former fitness suite, which was housed in an annexe at the leisure centre. Measuring 600sq m, the Oxygen- style structure is approximately five times the size of the health suite. The aluminium framed structure features an aesthetically-pleasing curved thermo roof as well as 10 windows to create a light and airy environment. The new gym now features more than 50 Technogym equipment stations in addition to an extensive variety of fixed resistance and free weights, and a functional training area. The sports facility also includes a separate fitness studio with a sprung floor and dryside changing areas. 32

The structure is modular designed with galvanized steel framework, which helps eliminate corrosion. Translucent UPVC fabric cladding completes the structure, allowing natural sunlight to illuminate the playing area. Inside, Rubb designed and installed internal

rebound boards and a full netting system, including court dividers, while a mechanical ventilation system creates an optimum playing environment.

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