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Mar 12, 19

Hybrid sports hall teams up seamlessly with ultra-modern leisure facility


A new six-court multi-use sports hall is up and running as part of a new £30m leisure facility in Northern Ireland.

Rubb designed, manufactured and constructed the custom designed facility, which accommodates a diverse range of sports for schools, local sports organisations and the community at Dairy Hall in Newtownards.

The Dairy Hall Leisure Centre is a new state-of-the-art complex that will replace the existing leisure centre at William Street, Newtownards, which has been open since the 1970s. The new £30m leisure facility at Dairy Hall will act as the primary leisure destination for Newtownards and the surrounding area.

Rubb worked closely with main contractor Heron Bros Ltd and Ards and North Down Borough Council to supply a 43m span x 59m long multi sports facility. This multi-purpose space has the ability to accommodate a large number of sports including badminton, basketball, football, gymnastics, netball, tennis, trampolining and volleyball amongst others, as well as providing inclement weather cover training facilities in the winter months. In the summer it will host sport classes and has the possibility to also accommodate larger individual events.

Stephnie Coyle, Rubb Sales Executive, said: “It was great to be back in Northern Ireland to supply another custom designed sports facility for the region. Working closely with the council and main contactor Heron Bros, we were able to design a structure that was practical for all year round training, but also aesthetically pleasing as it seamlessly blends in with the main sports complex. Having a close relationship with the project team, the build process was efficient and on time, which has resulted in a further two sports projects with Heron Bros in Northern Ireland.”

The steel frame of the multi sports building is constructed within a 3m high traditional brick perimeter wall which transitions seamlessly with the Rubb fabric sports hall cladding and the main conventional building.

The structure is modular designed with galvanized steel framework, which helps eliminate corrosion. Translucent UPVC fabric cladding completes the structure, allowing natural sunlight to illuminate the playing area.

To support multi sports, the Rubb team called upon their experience to design and install internal rebound boards and a full netting system, including court dividers. Completing the exterior of the facility, the Rubb construction team installed gutters, down pipes and vents. As part of the project Rubb also supplied and installed a mechanical ventilation system to create an optimum playing environment.

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