Category Archives: Recreation & Leisure

DaleSauna thermal spa launches at £14m leisure centre

A luxury thermal spa, created by sauna and steam room experts DaleSauna, has opened at the new £14m Abbey Leisure Centre in east London. Designed by AFLS+P Architects for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, the new leisure centre in Barking town centre replaces the existing Abbey Sports Centre.

We have lift off! Hydrospares launch new responsive website

Hydrospares is aiming to be at the cutting edge of providing spare parts and accessories for Hot Tubs, Pools and Whirlpool baths. Our focus is on being the no.1 provider of not just the parts, but also the knowledge and the service. We stock 1000’s of parts from manufacturers such as Balboa, Hydroair, Waterways & LX.

The Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre/Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre , Fife

Kährs and Reflex Sports flooring has been installed throughout two leisure complexes in Fife. They include a new £18M regional sports academy in Glenrothes – The Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre – and Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre. Both centres were designed and developed in collaboration between B3 Architects/Cre8 Architecture and all wood flooring was installed at both sites by Reflex Sports for main contractor, GRAHAM Construction.

It’s your summer – claim it back!

Whatever the 2014 British summer has in store (sunshine, monsoon, heat wave or unexpected snow) make sure you take it back!

Too many people lose valuable social and relaxation time in their own gardens, and not just because of the weather.

Kebony wood selected for the world’s first Quiet Mark Treehouse

Kebony has been working with Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses, John Lewis and Quiet Mark to develop an ambitious tree home made from Kebony wood, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. The Quiet Treehouse featured at the Ideal Home Show from 14th – 30th March 2014 at London’s Earls Court.

Leeds United Training Headquarters, Thorp Arch, Wetherby

Leading UK sports surface manufacturer Playrite have just had their Conqueror 60 3G surface installed at Leeds United’s training headquarters, Thorp Arch, Wetherby.

Leeds United is a club of great heritage within UK football, with some of the most enthusiastic fans in football. Thorp Arch became their training ground in the early-mid 90’s and they have always maintained extensive facilities to give their players the very best facilities.

New Stokvis interface units at the Energy and Environment Expo

Stokvis Energy Systems will be showcasing recent product developments at the Energy & Environment Expo, ExCeL London, 17-19 June 2014.

The Stokvis stand No. L1610 will feature a selection of the company’s high performance products and systems which are suitable for a diverse range of applications, including commercial, education, healthcare, hotels and leisure projects.

James Latham All Decked Out For Spring

James Latham, the UK’s biggest independent timber and panel products distributor, is all decked out for Spring 2014 with the arrival of two exciting new decking materials with fabulous looks that are sure to last!

New Bespoke Washroom Basins Offer Sports Centres A Design Advantage

Sports and Leisure Centres Get Specialist Basin Service from a Robust, Eco-Sound, Made-to-Measure solution.

A standard range of Miranit basins from Franke Washroom Systems have been available for specialist applications for a number of years. Now with the introduction of Miranit Bespoke it is possible to have either a run of basins or individual units made to measure and ideal for use in washrooms situated in gyms, leisure centres, sports clubs and arena’s/stadiums.

Athletic Nautical Club of Glyfada, Athens, Greece

Heronrib barefoot matting, manufactured in the UK by the matting division at Plastic Extruders Ltd, is being used to keep the local swimming and water polo teams safe from slipping accidents at the natatorium in Glyfada, part of the Athletic Nautical Club of Glyfada, Athens, Greece.

Harlequin launch new series of public service information

Harlequin has turned to infographics to convey statistical information in an easy-to-understand graphical format to communicate important facts about dance floors.

Totton Health and Leisure Centre, Southampton

Leading British manufacturer Ideal Commercial Boilers has supplied five Evomax 80kW high efficiency condensing wall hung boilers to New Forest District Council, which have been installed at Totton Health and Leisure Centre, Southampton. The Evomax boilers have provided the solution to a challenging array of installation requirements, as well as contributing to a 15% reduction in running costs.

World of Golf driving range, New Malden, Surrey

Playrite, the advanced sports surface manufacturer, have transformed a 20,000sqm driving range which had been in place for nearly 30 years, into one of the finest Golf practise facilities in the UK. World of Golf driving range at New Malden, Surrey had fallen into a state of disrepair and required bringing back to life to be able to offer the golfing fraternity of New Malden a great practice facility.

Sutherland Memorial Park, Burpham, Guildford

Sutherland memorial park in Burpham Guildford have recently upgraded their sports pitches with Playrite products, after their previous courts, built in the 1980’s, had literally come to the end of their life span. The Park is a prized and highly used resource to the people of Burpham with nearly 40 local teams using the pitches every week.

North London Padel Club, Bushey Grove Leisure Centre, Herts

Just over 2 years ago there were barely 300 registered Padel players in the UK, since then the numbers have increased dramatically as the sport that is so popular overseas has seen its popularity increase here in the UK.

How architects and play equipment specialists can work together

In terms of landscape architecture, a good relationship with a play equipment specialist can result in a park or recreational ground that is both multi faceted and aesthetically pleasing.

Audience Systems advise on specifying retractable seating with new CPD

Retractable seating (also known as “telescopic seating”) is a smart way of maximising space usage, and as such is included in the government’s blueprint design for secondary schools. Also used widely in arenas, sports centres and theatres, it’s a specialist product whose design should be considered at the earliest stages of a project.

Exercise in silence

Torshavn gymnasium in the Faroe Islands is a major addition to the existing municipal stadium.  Its design by BBP Architects is very simple but also very flexible and transparent.

Gyms are often cold, echoing and not particularly welcoming places. However, for this project, careful consideration has been given to the function and performance of the room.

Sporting daylight from Structura UK

Kalwall® diffused daylighting is playing a major role at Wakefield’s new Sun Lane Leisure Centre designed by the NPS Group and winner of the RICS Pro-Yorkshire Winner in Tourism & Leisure award – CIOB Yorkshire Project of the Year award and LABC Building Excellence award.

St Michael’s & All Angels Academy, Camberwell

A London academy has put its faith in Tarkett after the company expanded its range of vibrant sports flooring colours.

Tarkett has extended its Omnisports collection by adding 13 new bright and engaging colours to put functional aesthetics back at the heart of sports centre design.

Mews Leisure Suite, Belgravia, London

TW Construct Ltd, a respected construction company in the South East, in conjunction with Airtech Air Conditioning Services, asked Dröm UK to design and install a sauna in their prestigious mews house refurbishment in Belgravia, London.

The UK’s only manufacturer of TigerMulch Rubber Chipping’s made of 100% recycled rubber

An Ideal landscaping product that is permeable for tree surrounds, paths, slopes, erosion control etc.;

Grand Designs project for Polypool

Polypool are proud to be involved with a Grand Designs project which has been filmed for the new series on Channel 4 and this will be aired September 11th at 9 o’clock. This project is a new build development in Camden, Central London. The house is built in a contemporary, modern style, with a focus on creating a spacious family home.

Harlequin Floors

If you are in need of a sprung dance floor for a special event, then world-leading experts in dance and performance flooring, Harlequin Floors, has the solution with their sprung floor hire service. Whether the sprung floor is for a one-off event such as a wedding or special performance or for touring purposes, the Harlequin Liberty sprung floor can easily be installed and then removed after the event, offering a straightforward, and significantly cheaper, alternative to full installation.

Easy Performance

Jaymart – Bladerunner is an exceptionally hardwearing compressed rubber safety flooring which offers high underfoot comfort and warmth, substantial sound absorbency, excellent colour fastness and ease of installation. Bladerunner is easily able to withstand heavy equipment and high impact shocks such as dropped weights, golf spikes or ice skate blades.

The Optimal Shower Package

Horne Engineering Ltd, experts in temperature control since 1909, holds a strong and long established reputation for product quality and design innovation. The Duŝo shower column is Horne’s latest design specifically intended for group shower installations in schools, community leisure and team sport facilities, including poolside and outdoor environments.

Exciting new material is sure to be childs play

Advanced Technical Panels (ATP), part of the James Latham Group, has announced the arrival of an exciting new plastic material which is certain to make a big impact, especially within the leisure and play equipment sectors.

Mount Cricket Club, West Yorkshire

Mount Cricket Club in West Yorkshire have a great tradition for community cricket and a longstanding association around the area. With a lack of resources affecting the club and to help them create a higher standard of play and better utilisation of their facilities, they applied to Kirklees council for an artificial cricket wicket to be installed at their ground.

Timberplay strengthen landscape architect support

Timberplay have strengthened their offering for Landscape Architects with a comprehensive program of new CPD seminars, all created to be deliverable within an hour.

maber iD joins Team Woburn Forest

Architectural and interior design specialist, maber iD, is again working closely with Center Parcs to design a range of leisure facilities for the new £250 million forest village at Woburn Forest.