Bingham Arena and Enterprise Centre
Building an environmentally conscious facility for the community
We have handed over Bingham Arena and Enterprise Centre to Rushcliffe Borough Council, comprising of a leisure centre, community hall and self-contained offices.
The facility will help to achieve Bingham Growth Board’s aspiration to form a connection between the current town centre and the new housing developments in the north of the town.
Our team attended the official opening alongside the Mayor of Rushcliffe, Cllr Tina Combellack, Rushcliffe Borough Council Leader, Cllr Simon Robinson, the Mayor of Bingham, Cllr Gareth Williams, and Parkwood Leisure Director, Glen Hall.
Our team celebrated the official opening alongside key stakeholders in the project
A sustainable facility
The facility is 78% more efficient in terms of carbon emissions than other leisure centres in the borough and 82% more efficient than similar office developments.
The leisure centre houses an innovative 25m Myrtha Pool, which utilises a steel frame rather than a traditional concrete solution. This design feature alone reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 45%. The pool also has added strength and resistance to chemicals and corrosives needed in a pool environment due to its chromium-rich alloy, which in turn will offer a longer life span.
We carried out a low-carbon technologies assessment to provide assurance that the chosen design included the most suitable renewable energy sources. There are photovoltaics (PV) on the roof of the office building and combined heat and power (CHP) engines power the pool. Other measures include air source heat pumps, water efficiency measures and LED lighting.
In order to make sure the facility operates at peak efficiency, our team will be using our Energy SynergyTM service to track in-use energy performance against design. This will ensure the facility achieves Rushcliffe Borough Council’s energy efficiency goals and supports their ambitions of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Creating spaces for the community
This project also provides much-needed spaces for the community.
The leisure centre facilities include a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool with seating for 330 spectators, which will be a valuable resource for local schools and for swimming competitions.
The facility also includes a learning pool, a café, two exercise studios, a spin studio, a fitness gym and changing room facilities, as well as a 207-space car park with 12 accessible spaces.
It also provides a hub for the community through a 260sq.m community hall, which can accommodate 300 people and features a fixed stage area with dedicated changing facilities, a control room, kitchen and storage.
Also situated on the site is Bingham Enterprise Business. The two-storey building houses 12 self-contained offices, a breakout area, meeting room and shared working space. The office spaces were built with the intention letting them to new businesses in the area to support them in their growth.
An Open Doors tour from October 2021
Investing back into the community
During the construction phase, we gave back to the community in several ways. We worked with social enterprises to support the creation of additional local jobs, including Streetwise (to support with grounds maintenance and landscaping) and Radiant Cleaners (to maintain cleanliness onsite in shared working areas).
Our team also supported the career prospects of young people by working in collaboration with the Trent Bridge Community Trust and Toot Hill School, giving children the opportunity to visit the construction site for educational tours.
We also welcomed local people to site as part of Open Doors Week, including a group from Nottingham University Samworth Academy. The tour was arranged by ThinkForward UK, a charity that supports young people with coaching and skills development to help them overcome challenges and prepare them for the world of work. The tour provided the students with the opportunity to learn about working in the construction industry.
- 78% fewer carbon emissions compared with other leisure
- Innovative pool technology utilises a steel frame rather than concrete
- Energy SynergyTM will run on the project to address the performance gap
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