Case Study 1 : Batley Sports and Tennis Centre
Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL)
Work has completed at Batley Sports Centre, in Kirklees, creating a 12,000 sq.ft. physical activity and adventure hub to engage youngsters and families of all ages.
Charitable trust Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) has invested £1.5 million in the project, delivered by Alliance Leisure under the UK Leisure Framework. The investment has been committed to create a sustainable physical activity hub which will appeal to a wider section of the local community.
The new facility results from a reconfiguration of the existing site with two indoor courts transformed into a vibrant play and activity zone, utilising the latest technological innovations designed to motivate and engage tech savvy youngsters.
The site has become the first public sector facility to offer TAG active®, a ground-breaking, ‘trainers on’ adventure facility. KAL have named the TAG active® facility ‘ X’ which sits under their ‘Days Out’ brand designed to create awareness of the family attractions available to those within Kirklees and the surrounding West Yorkshire area.
Players must use physical movement, speed, agility and strategy to locate and reach hidden transponder boxes. Once found, the box is ‘Tagged’ using an electronic chip imprinted in a wristband. Each time a player tags a box, points are awarded.
Electronic scoreboards keep a real-time track of how individuals are performing, with music and mood lighting to enhance the atmosphere and create an exciting, stimulating environment which encourages mental and physical prowess.
TAG active® caters for youngsters, with statistics recorded at other centres showing the highest engagement by 11-14 year olds. This facility will be complemented by an Adventure Play zone for toddlers through to seven years old.
The redevelopment of Batley Tennis Centre is part of KAL’s mission to provide engaging, accessible recreation facilities and services which respond to the ever evolving needs of a very diverse community. Batley Tennis Centre is one of 13 leisure sites managed by KAL on behalf of Kirklees Council. Since the formation of the Trust in 2002, more than £20 million has been invested by KAL and Kirklees Council with every surplus pound reinvested into leisure provision.
Barry Turnbull, Business Development at KAL, says: “KAL is absolutely committed to developing and sustaining healthier, happier and fitter communities. The indoor adventure area means we have something new to offer the younger generation. A place where families can come together to enjoy physical activity. Encouraging physical literacy at an early age is absolutely vital if we are to address the growing inactivity crisis. Youngsters need to be provided with spaces which enthuse and encourage movement. This investment has been committed to achieve just that.”
James Foley, Commercial Director at Alliance, says: “This site is a great example of a council stepping up to the plate when it comes to engaging the latest innovations to encourage an active community. The Adventure Play zone and TAG X will completely transform the facility, bringing vibrancy, sensorial stimulation and an opportunity for youngsters to test their mental and physical skills in a unique fun, safe and exciting environment.”
Batley Sports and Tennis Centre continues to offer tennis across four outdoor and two indoor courts. Facilities are also supported by changing facilities, a café and seating area.
Tim Harvey, regional director at ISG, which is delivering the construction project on behalf of Alliance Leisure, adds: “Our partners at Alliance Leisure have consistently demonstrated their expertise driving increased footfall to leisure facilities, by redesigning and upgrading leisure provision at existing sites. This is key to making centres more attractive and therefore better utilised by the local communities they serve.”
Case Study 2: Stadiwm Zip World
Conwy County Council
December 2017 saw the completion of the £250k investment in redeveloping the hospitality suite at Stadiwm Zip World in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
The project was completed on time and under budget, and will allow the borough council to expand its hospitality offering to ensure the future success of the venue.
With a capacity of 6,080 for sporting events and 15,000 for concerts, Stadiwm Zip World hosts a variety of concerts, events and sports fixtures including the town’s iconic Access All Eirias music event each summer. It’s also a popular venue for conferences, exhibitions and team building days as well as banquets, weddings and birthday parties.
The borough council wanted to build on the success of the stadium’s hospitality business and appointed Alliance Leisure to extend the Conwy Suite. By building out onto the existing balcony area overlooking the pitch, Alliance Leisure was able to significantly expand the suite effectively doubling seating capacity to 120. The project also included a new bar area, flooring and decor. The result is a bright and vibrant space that’s perfect for hosting a wide range of events.
“In these times of austerity, we have to make our resources work harder. Stadiwm Zip World is a hugely popular community asset, and demand for the Conwy Suite had outgrown its capacity. Thanks to this new extension, we can cater for even more events ensuring a more viable business in the future.”
John Hardy, Head of Active and Creative Lifestyles at Conwy County Borough Council
Case Study 3 : Rhyl Leisure Centre
Denbighshire County Council
A £1m investment in Rhyl Leisure Centre will see the redevelopment of the changing and fitness provision to create new activities for the local residents as well as improvements to the existing facility.
The first phase of work, which encompassed the complete refurbishment of the swimming pool changing rooms finished in summer 2017, with phase 2 due for completion in summer 2018. The completed project will encompass the refurbishment of the upstairs gym, creation of the largest, dedicated functional training space in the area by converting an unused drama studio and a new group cycling studio. A high quality dedicated changing area for members will also be introduced.
A full range of functional kit, from suspension trainers to kettle bells, battle ropes to Bulgarian bags, will be complemented by an Origin, functional rig. This will support individual training programmes and also host instructor-led, small group, training sessions. A new, dedicated cycle studio, housing Technogym bikes, will also be added to the provision, offering instructed and virtual classes to help users train at times convenient to them.
“Rhyl Leisure Centre continues to grow and significant investment is being made into the centre. This is due for completion in June 2018 and is on the back of works that were carried out to the pool side and changing areas in September 2017. This work was carried out to a high standard and was delivered professionally on a live site with very little impact on our leisure programme. The scheme was delivered on time and within budget. We are extremely pleased with the finished product.”
Sion Goldsmith, St Asaph Leisure Centre, Denbighshire County Council
Case Study 4 : Monmouth Leisure Centre
Monmouthshire County Council
A £7.4 million project to refurbish and extend Monmouth Leisure Centre in South Wales started in November 2017.
Opened in 2000, the centre is dated and in much need of renovation. The project, which is being funded by a combination of local project developments and borrowing, will future-proof the centre’s facilities while meeting demand in under-represented markets in the area such as health and wellbeing and children’s play.
ISG has been appointed by Alliance Leisure as principle build contractor for the multi-phased scheme. Phase one, due to complete in July 2018, includes the refurbishment of the centre to include a new 65-station gym, exercise studio, group cycling studio and changing areas. A new toning suite will increase the provision for sedentary people and those suffering with poor health conditions. Phase one also includes a new steel-frame, glass-fronted extension housing a children’s play area and café.
The second phase, scheduled to open in winter 2018, includes a new 25m, five lane swimming pool, a health suite comprising a sauna, steam room and spa bath, and multi-purpose room. Designed to Amateur Swimming Association standards, the pool will be suitable for local galas with enhanced viewing areas and better facilities for youngsters to learn to swim.
A temporary four court sports hall with changing rooms and toilets will accommodate centre users as well as students from Monmouth Comprehensive School while the project is ongoing.
“Gone are the days when public money can be ploughed into leisure, into what some would regard as non-essential services. Yet with health issues on the top of everyone’s agenda, leisure services play a pivotal role in improving public health. The public sector needs to approach the issue with a commercial perspective, which is what we are doing in Monmouthshire.
“Our recent wellbeing assessment tells us we have to plan for the future and invest in preventative programmes to ensure our communities take steps to a healthier life. This project will increase our exercise, swimming and fitness offer allowing us to engage with more of our community.”
Cllr Bob Greenland, Deputy Leader of Monmouthshire County Council
Case Study 5 : Sc2 Rhyl
Denbighshire County Council
The largest development to date under the UK Leisure Framework is the new leisure complex on Rhyl seafront in North Wales, known as SC2. The scheme forms part of the wider seafront development in the town and the centre will ultimately be run by Denbighshire County Council once completed in early 2019.
SC2 is a £15m new build which replaces an existing skate park and splash pad with a new waterpark and adventure zone destination. The contract will deliver a 13,000 sq ft leisure pool with flumes, slides and water play features, a TAG active adventure zone, a changing village and a café and bar area. Externally, the existing splash pad will be retained, but with additional water play equipment installed, various terraced seating areas and an external food and beverage pod.
The new centre is expected to draw over 350,000 extra visitors per year to the area and create sustainable leisure facilities which will inspire community engagement.
The project will see ISG construct a new steel-frame building, designed in a ‘double wedge’, with a wave-form roof. The building envelope consists of contrasting black and bronze cladding to define the adventure and pool spaces. Curtain walling will provide views across the promenade and external splash pad, and offer framed glimpses of the activity within.
“SC2 is the latest and biggest in a line of projects delivered through the framework. The building works are on schedule and residents and visitors to the promenade area will have seen the structure taking shape over recent weeks. We are delighted at the progress made so far and we have a lot of work ahead of us to get the building ready for opening next year.”
Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council