Chirk Leisure Centre reopened following successful refurbishment

Chirk Leisure Centre reopened following successful refurbishment

On 26 July 2017, the Chirk Leisure and Activity Centre was reopened following extensive refurbishment to improve provision for the local community. The centre was reopened by the Major of Wrexham, Councillor John Pritchard. Clarkson Alliance provided design, project and cost management services, and worked closely with our partners Leisure Energy who delivered energy saving measures that will reduce energy consumption by 36%. The refurbishments included a new, expanded fitness suite and free weights area, as well as a new reception area, and new lighting over the swimming pool which has dramatically improved the swimming experience and has received great feedback from users. The project received funding from the Welsh government, which supports the improvement in facilities to help people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to participate and enjoy sport. Clarkson Alliance are also working to complete refurbishments at the Waterworld Leisure Centre in nearby Wrexham, which is on track to be opened in October....
Planning approved for fitness centre at Phyllis Court Club, Henley

Planning approved for fitness centre at Phyllis Court Club, Henley

Phyllis Court Club is a private members club in Henley; Clarkson Alliance is providing project and cost management services to the club to develop a fitness centre, something that has been discussed at the club since 1938! The planning application has now been approved, and more visible work on site will begin in early autumn 2017, with the project due for completion in mid 2018. The Fitness Centre will include a 20m swimming pool, a sanarium, gym and exercise studio, with extensive changing facilities, for use by the rowing, canoe and kayak, tennis clubs at Phyllis...
New visuals released of luxury Czech development

New visuals released of luxury Czech development

Clarkson Alliance is acting as Development Manager at a unique residential community, Oaks. Oaks is situated outside the city of Prague, and lies in the heart of beautiful natural surroundings, whilst also providing easy access to both the airport and the city centre. We can now share a selection of new visuals from the project, which showcase the luxury development, that will include over 200 private homes and apartments, an 18-hole PGA golf course, country club, hotel, spa, shops, restaurants and a range of leisure facilities. Planning permits have been granted for the majority of Phase 1 construction which will include 71 residential units and much of the village centre. This phase is due to be completed in early 2019. Follow us on Twitter where we will be posting regular photographs of progress. Overhead exterior view Nighttime exterior view Country club – exterior view Exterior view of villa Exterior view of private residence Interior view of swimming pool Interior view of residential space Interior view of residential space Interior view of dining area...
Poplar Baths restoration project wins New London Architecture Award

Poplar Baths restoration project wins New London Architecture Award

A project to restore Poplar Baths in London, rescuing the Grade II listed site from dereliction has been recognised at the New London Architecture (NLA) Awards, winning the Conservation and Retrofit category. The restoration of the baths was part of a wider restoration project valued at £36m, which included the Haileybury Youth Centre and surrounding residential developments. Clarkson Alliance led on project initiation, working closely with construction firm Guildmore and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the communications strategy. Utilising our experience in both the leisure and heritage sectors, our role included the design team appointment, cost planning and establishing a strategic programme with Tower Hamlets and our Planning and Heritage Consultants. Originally a Victorian building, Poplar Baths was renovated and reopened to the public in 1934. The baths were built as part of a wider national strategy to improve social conditions for low income communities, and were well used.  However, following a decline in usage and maintenance, the baths closed to the public during the 1980s and fell into disrepair. After nearly 30 years, the renovated new leisure facility was reopened to the public in summer 2016, with an impressive art deco lobby, new swimming pool, sports hall and café. Much needed residential space has also been development as part of the wider project. The new leisure facility has been designed to reduce energy consumption and achieves a BREEAM ‘Very good’ standard. “We are delighted to have been part of the journey to bring this ‘Building at Risk’ and important piece of Poplar back to life. Thanks to such a fantastic project, people will now be able to...
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...