To meet the high demand that The Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy was experiencing, they turned to Spaciotempo to provide them with a high-tech temporary boxing gym, in just six weeks – and at a third of the price of a typical sports hall. This resulted in hundreds more youngsters pulling on their training kit and getting into fitness
To meet the high demand that The Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy was experiencing, they turned to Spaciotempo to provide them with a high-tech temporary boxing gym, in just six weeks – and at a third of the price of a typical sports hall.
The Bradford Police and College Boxing Academy has doubled the numbers of people it has had through the door since the opening of the Bradford College Boxing Centre, at the college’s £17m Trinity Green Sports Complex.
Boasting three boxing rings, a full range of punching equipment, mirrors and weights the hall has proved popular with young boxers. The Academy has become one of a handful of designated High Performance Boxing Centres across the UK. It also acted as a pre-Games training base for a number of Olympic boxing teams.
It is, in short, a significant addition to Yorkshire’s sporting scene and a proud example of the London 2012 legacy, yet it quite easily might never have ever got off the ground. Before the installation of Spaciotempo’s temporary building solution, the Academy was dividing its time between four venues operated by other organisations. It had a long waiting list, limited funding and, with the Olympics fast approaching at the time, little chance to take part.
Spaciotmepo installed a semi-translucent roof, which allowed in daylight to save lighting costs, and fitted a host of other amenities, including a temperature control system. The whole cost of the temporary boxing gym project was £300,000 which, according to figures from Sport England, shows a significant saving. The average cost of a similar-sized sports hall, based on typical schemes funded last year, would be around the £1m mark – more than three times as expensive.
What is more, everything was accomplished in just six weeks, giving the academy, whose Spaciotempo temporary building was funded by Bradford College, West Yorkshire Police and the Amateur Boxing Association, plenty of time to prepare for the next Olympics.
Boxing Development Officer, Paul Porter explains, ‘There is no doubt that without the building, we wouldn’t be where we are now prior to this we worked across four sites but mainly shared a gym. It was OK, but it wasn’t designed for what we wanted to do. Now we have a gym that has helped us to meet the high demand that we were experiencing. It’s twice as big as the space we had, it is tailor-made for us and we have it for more hours each week. This has enabled us to quadruple our operations and expand into new areas. For just £300,000, not only have we transformed what we are able to do, we now have one of the best boxing facilities in the country.’
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Who: Bradford College
Use: Temporary Boxing Gym
Why: Due to high demand and lack of venue space to train and get fit
Special Features: Semi-translucent roof, which allows in daylight to save lighting costs