A new state-of-the-art ShowBar at the Caister Holiday Parkis set to revolutionise the provision of entertainment for budget savvy holidaymakers.
Founded in 1906,CaisterHolidayParkin Great Yarmouth,Norfolkis officiallyBritain’s longest-running holiday park. The park is part of the Haven Holidays chain and boasts a great location with direct access to the beach. Located between the lively resort of Great Yarmouth and the tranquil setting of the Norfolk Broads, the park is perfect for long walks and basking in the sun.
Caister Holiday Park has recently undergone a major upgrade ahead of the new tourist season. The heated indoor swimming pool has been completely overhauled and a new spectator’s area and changing facility has been added, whilst further improvements include the replacement of the old carousel clubroom with a brand new play facility.
One of the most exciting changes is the replacement of the popularNeptune’s Palace nightclub with a brand new ShowBar.
The project to construct the new ShowBar began in November 2011 and was completed in March 2012. Under the project, the outdated nightclub was demolished along with the remaining undeveloped former Broadlands restaurant and Cottage Inn in order to create a modern, stylish ShowBar.
Main contractor for the £2.2 million project was ELM Contracts and the architectural consultant was the Paul Robinson Partnership, who act as partnering consultant to Bourne Leisure nationwide as well as providing CDM coordination role via sister company ARM Ltd.
Boasting a sleek and colourful design, the steel-frame ShowBar celebrates a range of exciting features including a live lounge bar with stage bars and seating for up to 750 people. A fully functional bar will serve alcohol and soft drinks throughout the day and night, whilst the clever tiered floor system will allow all of the audience a clear view of the thrilling acts taking place on stage.
Stuart Clarke, Paul Robinson Partnership, said:
“The main constraints faced were the interface between the new ShowBar complex and the existing building and avoiding the need to relocate existing substations. Following an established ShowBar design guide, we created a 750-seat, 900-capacity tiered ShowBar with associated ancillary areas and a performance area with state-of-the-art visual, audio and lighting facilities.
“In order to satisfy the increasingly stringent building regulations – particularly with regards to the carbon emissions and the client’s desire to create a highly efficient building – we designed a highly insulated venue complete with low energy and efficiently controlled mechanical and electrical installations.
“In addition, we have included sun tubes that have reduced the amount of artificial lighting required whilst the venue is used for daytime entertainment. These sun tubes can then be closed using dampers in order to provide the right ambience for late afternoon and evening events.”
In the height of summer, the ShowBar will boast a variety of world-class acts including X-Factor’sChico, Eastenders’ Shane Ritchie and Same Difference, Sonia, Stavros Flatley and Ray Lewis.
Further facilities include a retail outlet, male/female disabled toilets and a disabled lift.
Michael Fleming, ELM Contracts, said:
“This was a great project for us to be involved with as we have already done a lot of work with Bourne Leisure. Although the project was extremely challenging due to the tight time schedule and number of people involved, we managed to pull it off in time for the opening party.
“The new ShowBar format looks fantastic and will be a central feature for the park for years to come.”
CaisterHolidayParkis one of the most popular Haven Holidays resorts. Visitors can choose from two or-three bedroom holiday homes, or the more spacious 12ft wide model that celebrates a large veranda with fantastic views. The park also offers adapted caravan-style homes with wheelchair access for disabled visitors, whilst the chalet accommodation is great for large and extended families. With a homely and comfortable layout, most of the homes are on one level; however, some have stairs to bedrooms on an upper level.
Visitors may also elect to bring their own accommodation, as a result of the amazing camping and touring facilities on offer. In total the park boasts 46 touring pitches, all of which have a reinforced grass base, grass awning and adjacent car parking space. There is a heated shower block with 9 toilets, 8 showers and a baby changing unit, shaving point and hairdryer in addition to a separate shower and toilet for disabled guests. All of the pitches are within a two minute walk of the park facilities, and dogs are welcome all year round.
As part of the Haven Holiday Parks chain, theCaisterHolidayParkis guaranteed to provide sustainable, accessible fun.
Haven isBritain’s greenest holiday park operator. All of their parks hold David Bellamy Conservation Awards, with 33 reaching ‘Gold’ standard and 30 holding ‘Excellence’ awards in recognition of more than five years at gold standard.
Moreover, 33 parks have achieved the stringent requirements of Green Tourism for Business Awards, with 4 at Gold standard. In addition, eight of the parks have a full time Park Ranger or Green Team Leader to help manage the environment and encourage guests to discover more about the local area.
All of the parks have a free ‘Wildlife Detective’ activity devised in conjunction with the local Wildlife Trust and 21 parks are members of their local Wildlife Trust.
Haven is also committed to ensuring that their accommodation and activities are accessible for everyone and has therefore implemented adapted holiday homes and disabled access for the facilities.
Sandra Jennings of Special Smiles, a club for families and special needs children, said:
“For families of disabled children like ours, having a holiday can be an extremely stressful experience and at times many families feel isolated. This experience was very different! Everyone made us feel welcome, it was very accessible and the caravans were great. We loved the entertainment – for many children it was the first time they’d watched live stage shows and smiles were abundant. We’re all looking forward to another Haven break in 2012.”
Established in 1994, ELM Contracts offers a wide range of products and services to all sectors, including leisure and retail.
The company has a long-standing working relationship with architects and suppliers, which ensures top quality competitiveness and reliability. As a result, ELM Contracts is widely recognised for their ability to deliver high quality projects on time and within budget.
ELM Contracts can provide expertise, knowledge and understanding from their specialist management and design teams. The company works with clients to provide a market responsive solution that will meet the highest standards or latest trends.
The company has the necessary equipment and facilities, including a construction yard and joinery shop equipped with qualified joiners to produce top quality, bespoke products.
For more information on ELM Contracts, visit: www.elmcontracts.com
Paul Robinson Partnership (UK) LLP
PRP provide a multidisciplinary service including architectural design on a national basis. Having been established for almost 40 years, the practice is driven by finding value engineered design solutions and offering good value for money. Taking opportunities to incorporate sustainable design on projects, PRP are quality assured to ISO14001 Environmental Management standard which compliments their ISO9001 standard.
For more information visit www.paulrobinsonpartnership.co.uk