Architects praise leisure centre as ‘one of their finest projects’
The architects behind the state-of-the-art Andover Leisure Centre have praised the teamwork that helped to build what they describe as one of the finest projects they have ever worked on.
Test Valley Borough Council awarded the leisure contract to Places Leisure along with their architects, Roberts Limbrick, construction partner Pellikaan Construction and projects agent Press & Starkey two years ago.
Now, after months of hard work and design, the new centre is nearly complete as leisure contractor Places Leisure prepare to open the doors to the public on April 1.
Bastin Bloomfield, of Roberts Limbrick, has worked on the project since the beginning and explained the impact that various environmental, logistical and transport factors had on how the building looks today.
Bastin said: “It was always going to be a challenge to achieve this high-quality facility in the centre of Andover, but it was a challenge which we all relished. We had to consider many things such as access roads, the height of the swimming pool from the street and the impact a structure such as this would have on its surrounding environment.
“We specialise in leisure and this is definitely one of the finest builds we have ever worked on. What made this possible is the teamwork between Places Leisure, Pellikaan Construction and Test Valley Borough Council.
“Looking at it now, we are all very pleased with how the build has gone and how it now looks. Every single detail has been carefully considered, including some internal improvements following public consultation, and we are very excited for Test Valley residents to come and enjoy it.”
Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Phil North, said: “Seeing the building today, it truly is state-of-the-art and everyone involved has done a superb job. I’m very grateful to Roberts Limbrick, Pellikaan Construction, Places Leisure and our council officers for the work they have put in.
“I know residents of Andover are looking forward to April 1 just as much as I am, so the hard work and countless hours that have gone into the building, can be enjoyed.”
Places Leisure’s Capital Projects Director Martin Anderson commented: “Together with the council and project team we have designed an inclusive leisure destination which we are looking forward to complementing with a diverse range of activities and programmes, designed to get our whole community active. The new facilities will provide the community of Andover with the perfect setting to have fun, socialise and take part in physical activity.”
Corné van Mook, project director from Pellikaan added: “We can only agree that it has been a pleasure working in this project team. We can all be proud to be part of the team delivering this high quality centre. It is great to now be able to pass the baton to Places Leisure who will operate the leisure centre and that the doors can now open for the public as it is them that we have been working for throughout the build.”
The new leisure centre opens on April 1st and features swimming pools with a new splash pad and sauna, a steam room, sports hall and squash courts over two floors. It also has a state-of-the-art fitness suite, 3 group exercise studios and a dedicated group cycling studio.