Next phase of works underway at Springfield Community Campus

Next phase of works underway at Springfield Community Campus

It is a few weeks since Springfield Community Campus became partially open to the public when the library and cafe opened on Thursday 7 August. Over these weeks, the campus has begun to welcome people of all ages from across the community area, with positive feedback being received on the bright, modern and flexible space that is on offer. It is also fantastic to see local community groups beginning to use the space, and we are keen to hear from any new or budding community groups out there who might be interested to learn what the campus has to offer.

Last week was particularly busy in the campus when some taster sessions for the climbing wall took place. The climbing wall really is an impressive and exciting feature of the campus and we received lots of interest from people, young and old, keen to have a go. Members of staff are in the final stages of undergoing their instructor training for the wall, with the intention of having the wall ready for hire from September onwards, so please keep an eye out for further updates on this.

Amongst all these exciting developments within the new campus, we shouldn’t forget all the work and improvements that are now well underway on the existing leisure side of the campus building. If you have visited the campus recently, you have probably noticed all the construction work going on – it’s quite hard to miss with the current level of activity on site! Over the next couple of weeks, I will begin to provide some more detailed information on the work that is happening to the leisure facilities and swimming pool, and what you can expect to see once the work is complete.

One of most significant aspects of the campus development is the opportunity to provide a building which is a lot more environmentally friendly than the old Springfield leisure centre building. The campus is expected to meet or exceed a 40% target for reduction in carbon emissions, and the project is also on course to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’. There is a lot of work underway to achieve this, including:

• Significant improvements to the fabric of the building including rendering the external walls to the existing leisure centre, replacement roofs and roof lights and replacement windows to the pool hall
• Improved levels of insulation
• Installation of a biomass boiler to replace the old gas boilers and this feeds under floor heating to the new extension
• Installation of Photo Voltaic cells (PV)
• Consideration given to the solar path when the orientation and location of the windows were considered
• The new extension is naturally ventilated and this is achieved through louvers in the external elevation
• The majority of lighting is new and therefore more efficient with a lower heat output and more energy efficiency
• Light switching has been installed to ensure that lights go out when a room is not occupied
• Provision for cyclists i.e. covered cycle shelters, showers and lockers
• Water fountains installed throughout the campus building
• Replacement of pool hall roof to provide greater insulation protection
• Improvement of roof insulation in fitness rooms

In terms of sustainability, one of the key messages is that we are re-using and improving an existing inefficient building, which is a lot more sustainable than building a new one.

As always, enjoy your weekend and please do get in touch if you have any questions, queries, comments or suggestions.

Penny Bell
Community Engagement Officer
01249 706613

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