Our client, Kirklees Council, is responsible for all council-related services across the metropolitan borough of Kirklees. As the UK’s largest borough without ‘city’ status, there is a high demand from its 400k-strong resident base all looking to access the many facilities it manages, Dewsbury Sports Centre among them.
Early in 2017, Jupiter was approached by the council to carry out structural alterations and associated works to improve the much-used Dewsbury facility’s weights room. The management team had realised, over time, repeated heavy weights being dropped onto the pre-cast concrete hollow core beams had caused the concrete to spall, posing a danger to the building’s structure. It was also causing excessive noise in the dance studio below, which was making the studio’s use a problem.
The works involved removal of the existing suspended ceilings, mechanical and electrical alterations, masonry alterations, structural steel work including fire protection, before reinstating new suspended ceilings upon completion. Additional steelwork was introduced to reduce the span of the existing hollow core floor planks which resulted in minimal deflection of the floor.
Some of the project was completed outside of the centre’s opening hours, with the team working a combination of days and nights to ensure the Sports Centre remained operational.
Kirklees Council were extremely happy with the end result, which was achieved on budget and one week ahead of programme.