LEICESTER COMMUNITY SPORTS ARENA
Project: Ball Hall Sports Hall
Client: Leicester Riders’ Foundation
Services provided: Employer’s Agent, CDM Services
Contract Value: £4.5m
Daniel Connal Partnership was appointed on behalf of Ball Hall Ltd as Employer’s Agent and to provide CDM services on this project at Charter Street, Leicester. The scheme was a joint venture by the Leicester Riders, Leicester City Council and Leicester College and designed to provide a regional centre of excellence for basketball, and first class general sports facilities for Leicester College students and the general public.
The size of fifteen badminton courts, the main sports hall accommodates three basketball courts (with additional marking for badminton, volley ball and netball courts) with 2,400 retractable seats for major events centred on a basketball show court. 7 metre wide plasma screens at the baselines of the show court provide live and replay action during games. Additional facilities include a fitness suite, a large corporate hospitality centre, which can be sub-divided for use as classrooms by the college, and general offices.
The canal side site, a former gas works, was chosen by Leicester City Council following a detailed site selection process. It forms part of the regeneration of the Charter Street area being promoted by the City Council.
Planning permission for the scheme was awarded in November 2014 and remediation works on the former gas works site commenced in January 2015.
During the remediation period DCP acted as Project Manager under an NEC 3 Contract and subsequently as Employer’s Agent and CDM-C under a JCT Design & Build Contract for the new building works.
Site remediation was carried out by VHE Construction plc and the construction of the arena by B&E Boys.
Despite the size and potential complexity of the project, work proceeded remarkably quickly, with the 40 week construction project being brought in on time and on budget.
We were delighted to see the opening of the new Leicester Community Sports Arena by the Mayor of Leicester on 16 January 2016.