Collaboration – the key to cost efficiency

Creative freedom. It’s a dream often shackled by budgetary constraints.

Imagine a solution, one that could satisfy an element of your project while freeing up your client’s budget for creative exploration elsewhere. Now imagine a Collinson-built leisure facility, enter the new state of the art sports facility recently completed at York St John University proves that collaboration can be the key to cost efficiency.

With a set budget to create a state of the art sports facility, main contractor, Triton Construction along with sport specialist architects, Watson Batty, began researching the best way to optimise the specification with the available funds. Having worked with sports facility specialists, Collinson, on previous projects, both Triton and Watson Batty decided to look into the feasibility of using a tensile structure in conjunction with a conventional build to create an all-encompassing sports and leisure facility.

Where the budget and specification were concerned, the Challenger structure ticked all the boxes and Collinson were appointed as sub-contractor. Constructed from a steel framed superstructure and covered with a heavy duty architectural membrane Challenger™ allows light to permeate in creating a light, bright, energy efficient sporting facility.

The modern method of construction for this type of build provided substantial cost and time savings for the build schedule, releasing money and manpower for use elsewhere in the project whilst creating an energy efficient, clear span space filled with natural light and contributing a modern, distinctive build style to the overall design.

A close working relationship was formed between the team at Watson Batty and the architectural technologists at Collinson to ensure the two buildings would be seamlessly linked and complement each other in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Covering  42m x 25m, the Challenger facility accommodates five badminton courts with markings for  Netball, Futsal and Volleyball, three separate storage rooms and a spectator viewing balcony. The integration of Collinson rebound walling and Acoustik screening systems creates an aesthetically pleasing walling solution whilst improving and enhancing acoustic performance of the facility. York St Johns’ Logo is printed externally onto the architectural membrane cover, creating an exclusive, personal finishing touch.

The project at York St John is a great example of how Collinson can work with architects to deliver the coveted ‘wow’, without the monetary ‘ow’!