Two Clarkson Alliance Projects Named as Regional Finalists in 2017 Civic Trust Awards

Two Clarkson Alliance Projects Named as Regional Finalists in 2017 Civic Trust Awards

Rose Hill Community Centre and Sacrewell Farm recognised in European Built Environment Awards Clarkson Alliance’s project delivery expertise has been recognised by 2017 Civic Trust Awards, the longest running independent built environment awards scheme in Europe. New build Rose Hill Community Centre in Oxford and Heritage Lottery funded restoration project, Sacrewell Mill in Peterborough, beat over 100 other projects to go forward to the national finals.  Clarkson Alliance provided project management and cost management services for both projects. Established in 1959, the awards honour projects that significantly benefit the community, considers inclusive and accessible design and are also sustainable. Rose Hill Community Centre, Oxford Clarkson Alliance took Oxford City Council’s objectives of combining three community services under one roof and developed them into tangible outcomes.  OCC’s aim was to galvanise the community around the new centre as a cornerstone of the estate’s regeneration. Clarkson Alliance introduced 3D digital modelling to the project making it easier for stakeholders to visualise the scheme. With a clear understanding of the proposals, the project benefitted from the community’s input to tailor the design to closely meet their needs. We took an active role in leading the complex stakeholder discussions to encourage a large number of the local community to feel really engaged in the project and consequently vote for a new building to be constructed, compared to refurbishing the existing centre. The final building is an open and welcoming environment which encourages integration and makes efficient use of space.  Our post contract control expertise enabled the objectives to be achieved within budget. The usage of the centre grew by 1000 fold within the first...
Wrexham leisure centres plan refurbishment which reduces borough’s carbon emissions by 400 tonnes p.a.

Wrexham leisure centres plan refurbishment which reduces borough’s carbon emissions by 400 tonnes p.a.

Two leisure centres in Wrexham aim to increase participation by residents and reduce energy consumption thanks to a partnership between Wrexham County Borough Council, Freedom Leisure, Clarkson Alliance and Leisure Energy. The refurbishment project at Waterworld and Chirk Leisure Centres plan to provide a greater diversity of activities to draw in a wider demographic, reduce inactivity and improve the wellbeing of residents. One of the desired outcomes of the project is to reduce energy consumption. The long hours and specific energy needs of a leisure centre mean that utilities are the second largest overhead. Apart from the obvious environmental impact, savings created from reduced usage can be reinvested back into the centres, which is an attractive prospect for Local Authorities with limited budgets. The new alterations will reduce energy by 400 tonnes p.a. which is equivalent to the energy needed to power 150 new 3 bedroom houses each year. The projects are the fourth and fifth Freedom Leisure has partnered with Clarkson Alliance for in Wales. The leisure operator also took over the leisure centres in the Powys area last year which are also being upgraded. In our capacity as design, project and cost managers Clarkson Alliance has been working closely with Freedom Leisure and Wrexham County Borough Council to define their outcomes and design a scheme to fulfil them. The project at Chirk is on schedule to complete in July 2017 and Waterworld Wrexham will also be completed during autumn 2017.  Clarkson Alliance is also providing Principal Designer services. “As we continue our expansion into Wales, we’re working on providing residents with wider and improved leisure options that...
Three Powys Leisure Centres to be revamped as part of £1.9million Investment

Three Powys Leisure Centres to be revamped as part of £1.9million Investment

The leisure provision in Powys is receiving a £1.9million boost thanks to a partnership forged between Powys County Council and Freedom Leisure. Freedom Leisure, a not-for-profit leisure trust, develops crucial partnerships with Local Authorities to raise the standard of leisure service delivery and increase participation. Clarkson Alliance has formed a dynamic relationship with Freedom Leisure over the past 5 years having supported them on multiple leisure proposals and collaborated on several capital schemes.  Our joint efforts have been successful in delivering a number of Local Authorities leisure management contracts secured by Freedom Leisure.  We are partnering with Freedom Leisure once again to deliver design, project and cost management services. Read more>>...
Islington raises leisure standards again with £950k refurbishment at Islington Tennis Centre

Islington raises leisure standards again with £950k refurbishment at Islington Tennis Centre

When London Borough of Islington sought a partner to operate their leisure centres, it was important to choose an organisation sharing their commitment of continual advancement and inclusivity. When GLL approached the Local Authority with plans to transform their centres supported by proposals from Clarkson Alliance, a strategic partnership was formed. As one of the UK’s leading charitable social enterprises, GLL operates 215 leisure centres in the UK.  They successfully beat the competition to win the Islington contract with proposals that included capital improvement designs by Clarkson Alliance.  The plans included energy savings by our sister company, Leisure Energy. Read more >>...
£8million boost to Bath Leisure Centre sees multiple new leisure offerings available

£8million boost to Bath Leisure Centre sees multiple new leisure offerings available

Bath and North East Somerset Council is planning an £8m revitalisation of Bath Leisure Centre.  The ambitious refurbishment project is being delivered in partnership with the charitable social enterprise GLL, the UK’s largest leisure operator. The investment will see a raft of new activities available to the community including the introduction of a trampoline park and 8-lane ten pin bowling facilities. The project aims to attract more people to participate in fitness by offering a greater variety of leisure pursuits. Clarkson Alliance has been selected as Employers Agent and to cost manage the scheme having demonstrated an ability to deliver on our clients objectives of consistently driving up participation at a number of leisure centres by providing facilities suited to local demand. Read...
New memberships increase by 100% after Archway Leisure Centre refurbishment

New memberships increase by 100% after Archway Leisure Centre refurbishment

London Borough of Islington and leisure operator and charitable social enterprise GLL has relaunched Archway Leisure Centre in Islington after extensive refurbishment.  The community has convincingly approved of the new facilities with new memberships increasing by 100% within the first two months of opening Clarkson Alliance was selected to provide project management, cost management, design and principal designer services for the scheme. Clarkson Alliance works in partnership with charitable social enterprises and Local Authorities to deliver their leisure strategies through optimising facilities.  The strategies devised often include increased participation to engage the community in a healthy lifestyle. We work with our customers to provide certainty of outcome for their projects and secure the future of their leisure strategies. Read...