SHA Completes £2M Recreation Centre in Widnes

Halton Borough Council’s £2 million scheme to create a community sports facility at Widnes Recreation Ground has been completed, incorporating building services designed by Liverpool based consultancy, Steven Hunt & Associates.

The single-storey scheme includes changing facilities for the existing sports fields along with social spaces for community activities and storage areas for sports equipment.

The building services design included new incoming gas and water supplies, along with low pressure hot water (LPHW), heating, drinking water, ventilation, sprinkler systems, lighting, electrical services and controls.

Architects IBI Taylor Young designed the project with sustainability in mind and Steven Hunt & Associates incorporated a heat pump heating and cooling system for the foyer, social room and meeting room.

For the remainder of the building, a LPHW heating system combines wall-mounted radiators and convector fan heaters and Steven Hunt & Associates has designed a pipe network that is exposed as an architectural feature in some areas of the building. A solar panel installation will pre-heat two dual coil 1,000 litre cylinders located in the building’s plant room for the LPHW system, with a mains back up to ensure safe water temperatures of 650C should the solar energy be insufficient for the building’s needs.

The ventilation systems have also been designed with maximum energy efficiency in mind. Dedicated air handling plant has been designed into the services by Steven Hunt & Associates in the changing areas with heat recovery ventilation units at high level. Heat recovery has also been built into the ventilation system for the social space, staff room and meeting room.

The building services design also incorporates a number of other electrical services, including a high level of disabled access, with hearing loop systems and disabled WC alarm calls. The project also involved design of all mains and sub mains distribution, small power and lighting, fire alarms, CCTV, intruder alarms and access control.

Comments Cllr Phil Harris, Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board member for Sport: “These new facilities will greatly improve sports provision locally and provide an excellent community resource for a wide range of activities.

“Ensuring an energy efficient and sustainable build was an important part of the business case for the project and Steven Hunt & Associates has done an excellent job in answering that brief with a scheme that minimises operational costs while delivering a high standard of comfort and quality.”