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New £2.5m sports complex for Ashville College

Caledonian has been appointed as the contractor for the multi-million pound project at Ashville College

Posted by Lucinda Reid | February 03, 2017 | Facilities & buildings

Caledonian have been appointed as full turnkey contractor on a £2.5m project to deliver a new sports complex for Ashville College in Harrogate. The building benefits from an eye-catching external design, and will be constructed to seamlessly link with the surrounding college campus.

In addition to the offsite manufacture, delivery and installation of the new building, Caledonian are also providing a full turnkey service including demolition and ground-works.

Dean White, Bursar at Ashville College, said:  “The college has been planning the new sports centre for a couple of years and to finally start on the project is a really exciting time for us.  We’re delighted to be working with Caledonian; this is a complex project for many reasons – location, timetable and also working in a live school environment – but Caledonian have given us the confidence they can manage and deliver just what we want.”

Ashville College is an HMC independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 3-18 years, and the building has been designed to replace an existing sports complex that is used by both pupils and members of the public. With a requirement to site the new complex within a precise footprint between buildings, the accuracy of design and installation were key decisions in the College’s decision to choose offsite construction.

Ground floor comprises a new reception / waiting area, new changing areas, office, treatment room, accessible changing area and additional WCs.

An existing tower will be demolished and replaced with a new stair tower, and a second tower will be constructed to provide access to the new first floor. These independent sections will be clad in vertical timber cladding to contrast with the existing stonework.

The first floor will sit in between the two stair towers, extending over a new main entrance, which will be faced in a striking red cladding. This will create additional accommodation in the form of a new staff office, enlarged gymnasium and two new dance studios.

Paul Lang, Caledonian CEO, concluded: “We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious organisation, and the Ashville project is another significant project for us, both in terms of complex offsite manufacture and our ability to deliver full turnkey projects”.

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