Community eagerly awaits new sports centre

Eagerly awaited by the local community, the new Stewarton Sports Centre, under construction in Standhead Park Kilmarnock, will provide a host of new facilities.

The project is being carried out for East Ayrshire Council, who are the Architects, Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors for the scheme. Main Contractors are Barr Construction; Mechanical and Electrical Engineers are Davie & McCulloch.

The new centre is being constructed on a largely empty greenfield site where initial works included the demolition of a small derelict building. The building has designed to minimise its visual impact, using a curved roof to reduce the overall height and mass of the building.

The new single storey building incorporates a mezzanine level plant area and is structured around a steel frame with external elevations in cladded blockwork, with blockwork internal walls. For fore safety and security purposes, the building will not have any windows, with natural light coming from a large rooflight located within the metal SpeedDeck double skin roof, over the main entrance area.

External works include the creation of a FIFA One Star full size synthetic grass football pitch which will accommodate full 11-a-side games, but also can be sub-divided into two half pitches for 7-a-side games. Hockey matches will also be played there. Other external works include the creation of a 42-space car park with four additional accessible parking spaces, and soft landscaping.

Indoor facilities at the new centre include a main games hall with a Granwood floor and designed for a variety of sports and including four badminton courts, plus provision for volleyball, football, netball, tennis and basketball. There will also be a dance studio with mirrored walls and a practice bar, a fitness suite with a variety of cardio vascular exercise equipment, a community room equipped with computers, changing and shower facilities.

The building will have a variety of eco friendly features including a monodraught ventilation system, sun pipes and solar panels on the roof.

Currently the building is largely complete and internal works are underway, together with car parking and landscaping works.

Completion is expected at the end of October 2011.

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