How the completed
leisure centre will look
created with steel
14 Sept 20 NSC
Apr 20 Sept 20
When it comes to designing,
and constructing indoor
sports facilities, which
usually consist of large openplan
structures with no or very few internal
columns, structural steelwork is invariably
the framing solution of choice.
Steelwork not only provides the longspan
column-free spaces required for sport
and leisure centres, it also provides the
project team with a quick construction
programme, meaning the client gets to use
its new facility in the fastest possible time.
According to Engenuiti Associate Marcos
Armas, steelwork is ideally suited for sport
and leisure centres for all of above the
criteria, but also because these projects
usually include a number of interlinked
buildings, which require in-built flexibility
so their uses can be seamlessly altered. A
steel design ticks this box as well.
“We’ve designed a number of these
schemes over the years and we typically
adopt a steel-framed solution,” he adds.
An ongoing example of this steeldominated
sector is the Chiltern Lifestyle
Centre in the Buckinghamshire town of
Replacing some existing and outdated
facilities in the town, the new centre will
include a range of indoor sports and
community facilities such as an eight-lane
swimming pool, a diving/teaching pool,
children's splash pad area, sports hall,
squash courts, soft play zone, climbing wall,
library, café, exercise studios, gym, spa and
a community centre.
Not contained in steel-framed structures,
the Centre will also offer a host of outdoor
activities including a skate park, an outdoor
gym, street snooker and table tennis, which
will be located at the rear of the new centre,
along with a new play area.
Overall the Centre is one large
120m-long steel-framed structure,
predominantly single-storey, but containing
some two-storey elements, which is divided
into a number of portioned areas.
Stability for this large steel frame is
provided by diagonal bracing, which is
generally located in perimeter walls –
where there are no windows – and in some
internal places, such as in the interface
zones between different areas.
Working on behalf of main contractor
BAM Construction, Elland Steel Structures
Sport, leisure and community facilities in the Buckinghamshire
town of Amersham are set to get a significant boost when the
steel-framed Chiltern Lifestyle Centre opens next year.
Stairs leading to
the upper floor. A
two-storey part of
the project covers
approximately 50% of