Couch Perry & Wilkes, one of the UK’s largest dedicated environmental building services consultancies, will start work this month on the construction of the new multi-purpose sports facility and multi-use events resource in Worcester. The new state-of-the-art indoor sports arena, specifically designed for disability sports, is being built on the currently derelict former fruit and vegetable market site at Hylton Road.
Commissioned by Worcester University, the construction project is scheduled to be completed in April 2012.
As the leading consultants in sustainability and low energy technology, CPW has been assisting with the development of the arena’s design to RIBA Stage D. To date, this has incorporated the scheme’s design and planning, detailed proposals and working closely with Roberts Limbrick Architects on the detailed planning application.
In addition, CPW has designed all the environmental building services associated with the sports arena and sports facilities, which will be implemented over the course of the development. The project is expected to achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.
The new facility will consist of a 72m x 42m indoor arena, capable of hosting events for up to 2000 spectators seated. This will be used for sports events, conferences and performances. Lithuania, one of the world’s top Olympic basketball teams have already got their name down to use the University’s facilities as their base for the 2012 games.
The site will also include a reception area to welcome guests and coordinate bookings, a media area that could be utilised for major events, multi-purpose tea aching rooms to facilitate aspects of course delivery and National Governing Body coaching award courses. A large treatment room, catering facilities and eight changing rooms will also be incorporated into the arena.
Wayne Eustace, Director at CPW said, “We are delighted to be working on this exciting new project. Worcester doesn’t have a venue with indoor capabilities so the new indoor multi-purpose facility will play a vital role in the community.”