Connacht Rugby’s

Sportsground redevelopment “shovel ready”

for improved

Connacht Rugby has received full planning permission for the redevelopment of its Sportsground home in College Road, Galway. The €30m project, designed by Chapman Architects, will include a new stadium with capacity for 12,000 spectators as well as a multi- use indoor High Performance Training Centre.

The strategic benefits of the project to the entire region are closely aligned with the government’s National Planning Framework, Project Ireland 2040 as well as the National Sports Policy, all of which highlight the need for a regional spread of capital investment throughout the country. It also fulfils the need

sports infrastructure in the region, identified in the Galway City Development Plan. “With 130 people employed throughout the province by Connacht Rugby we are extremely proud of the annual contribution of €34.4m we are making to the regional economy,” said Willie Ruane, CEO of Connacht Rugby. “We have €10m in private funding to bring to the table through a mixture of Connacht Rugby funds and an approved bank credit facility. The project is now shovel ready and the remaining €20m state investment is critical to its delivery.”

Eco-friendly leisure centre delivers green legacy for Chelmsford

Features include a competition-standard swimming pool, teaching pool, splash zone and fun pool with flume; a 130-station gym, fitness studios, a creche, soft play facility, fully accessible changing rooms, a reception foyer and cafe with terrace overlooking the River Chelmer. Smart sensors monitor the weather outside and control the heating accordingly. LED bulbs, which turn off automatically when rooms are not in use, are also controlled by sensors and illuminate the complex

Riverside Leisure Centre - Chelmsford City Council’s biggest ever single investment in a community project - has officially opened. Awarded a 'very good' BREEAM sustainability rating, the energy efficient complex replaces the old leisure centre, which was built in the 1960s and was outdated in terms of its design, facilities and energy efficiency. The total cost of the project was £40m, which included contributions of £1.5m from Sport England and £3m from the Community Infrastructure Levy.

The new centre has been designed by Pick Everard to provide access to the widest possible cross-section of the community, improving access for elderly people and those with disabilities. 7 depending on the daylight hours.

The centre uses a combined heat and power unit to generate a proportion of its own electricity. As it does this, it produces heat, which is used to supply hot water for the pool, showers, taps and heating systems. If extra heat is required, modulating ‘smart’ gas boilers are used to meet demand. Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor provides efficient background heating and helps warm and dry the floors in the changing areas.

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