Our Engineer, Alex Parry, has attended site to monitor progress on the eagerly anticipated Romford Leisure Centre site. The superstructure supporting the ice rink is nearing completion, and the pool excavation has begun.
The new multi-use four-storey leisure centre for Havering Council will provide state of the art facilities; a 25m eight-lane swimming pool with movable floor, learner pool, suspended ice rink with approximately 800 spectator seats, gymnasium, and cafe. The design posed interesting challenges. Ensuring the structure was robust enough to support the elevated ice rink (located above the main swimming pool) and working with specialists to determine all the details for temperature and vapour control between the extremely different environments required, was a real buzz.
A particular design challenge overcome by the design team involved construction of the new centre on the footprint of an existing building with piled foundations.
The project has recently been featured in New Steel Construction Magazine
Watch a time lapse video of the new construction by Havering Council
Architect: Saunders & Boston | Contractor: Wilmott Dixon