Appleton Academy, a new educational facility in West Yorkshire, recently commissioned a brand new fully equipped sports centre sponsored by Bradford College, and taking its name from Nobel Prize winning Bradford physicist, Sir Edward Appleton, the Academy specialises in Science and Sport.
Catering for children from 3 years to 19 years of age the academy has been using the buildings at the former Wyke Manor School and High Fernley Primary School until the new state-of-the-art accommodation opens in September 2011.
The 700sqm (20m x 35m) aluminium framed building will be used for a range of gym and sporting activities and has high quality steel clad sandwich panel walls finished in a moss green colour specifically to blend in with the environment. The natural light from the semi-translucent roof produces a lighter environment for sports activities and is therefore energy efficient.
Internally a specialist sports floor was laid, complete with court markings for a range of sports and with a 2.6m kick board to protect the walls from damage. A storage area of 100sqm was also incorporated into the building, adjacent to the main hall, complete with water supply.
This is the first unit to be completed on an inspirational build and all parties involved are delighted. Principal, Dwayne Saxton, has overseen the move from the two schools to one academy and is excited at the prospect of more buildings going up over the summer.
“The new sports hall looks terrific. We will be opening this facility up for community activities as well as our school sports, so it was critical that it was to a high specification. Spaciotempo has done a great job and I’m now looking forward to seeing our other buildings completed.”
The main contractors on site, H&J Martin, who were the first point of contact for the project, were most impressed with the speed and flexibility of the service.
“Spaciotempo had to fit in with our work schedule, they did this with upmost professionalism and completed each phase on time and to budget.”