Steven Hunt & Associates Wins Sporting Hat Trick

Steven Hunt & Associates, has been awarded three projects with a combined value of £15M to design the mechanical and electrical services for sporting facilities in the north.

The company has designed the building services for a revamped sports facility at Hope University in Liverpool which will be connected to the University’s Health Science Building, designed by Steven Hunt & Associates last year. The scheme, designed by Watson Batty architects, involves the refurbishment of an existing sports hall and a new build extension to provide a more varied range of activities and increased capacity.

Steven Hunt & Associates has re-designed the lighting system for the retained sports hall, with fully controllable and dimmable lighting to meet the requirements of a broad range of supports as stipulated by Sport England. The building services design also includes a low temperature hot water (LTHW) heating system with radiant panels linked to gas fired boilers and a natural ventilation system linked to temperature and CO2 sensors.

The new build extension includes squash courts, a fitness suite, multi-purpose sports spaces, lecture rooms and a café. Steven Hunt & Associates has designed a mechanical ventilation system, along with VRF heating & cooling throughout, LED lighting and a 11.15kW solar PV installation.

The company has also been commissioned to design the building services for a new 694m2 sports hall at Halifax Grammar School, designed by E3 Cube, which includes a gym, a dance studio, new classrooms and staff offices. Here, the specification includes a BMS-controlled heating, cooling and ventilation system, with radiant panel heating and natural ventilation in the sports hall, linked to temperature and CO2 sensors and a VRF system with mechanical ventilation in the other areas.
Once again, the lighting system has been designed in compliance with Sport England requirements for multi-sports environments, with an energy-efficient LED installation that can be programmed for different activities. The electrical design also includes all power distribution, fire and intruder alarms and door access systems along with a 28kW solar PV installation.

Completing the company’s hat trick of sporting project wins, Steven Hunt & Associates will also design the building services for Great Sankey Leisure Centre in Warrington. The scheme, designed by MDG architects, includes retention and refurbishment of the existing swimming pool along with a new build extension that includes changing rooms, a gym, social areas and tennis courts.

Initially, Steven Hunt will design the services for the refurbishment element of the scheme with underfloor heating and new gas boiler plant for the pool area designed with sufficient capacity for the new extension.

The electrical installation will also be designed to enable a phased approach across the refurbishment and extension, with a new switch room sized to meet the needs of both phases. The design will enable the pool to remain operational while services are upgraded before being connected to the new switch gear so that the existing services can be stripped out.

Design work is still at concept stage but renewables are under consideration, including CHP and solar PV.

Comments Steve Hunt, managing director of Steven Hunt & Associates: “Multi-sport environments require flexibility in the building services installation to ensure that lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation can be adjusted to meet the specific requirements of different activities.

“Our understanding of the sector and ability to deliver those aims within an energy efficient specification have helped us to win these three prestigious projects.”