B&E Boys will commence work on a brand-new 29-week project at the Leicester Community Sports Arena in July 2022. The Morningside Arena is located on Charter Street, Leicester. The design team on the project include HSSP Architects, and Structural Engineers, Topping Engineers.
The project comprises the design and construction of a standalone single-storey sports hall. This will be similar in design to the existing arena that B&E Boys completed on the site back in 2016.
The initial project had an overall value of £4milion and a contract period of 42 weeks. It involved the construction of a purpose-built sports arena on a limited site. The facilities comprised a sports hall, changing hall, spinning room, and ancillary areas. Consultants on the project were Daniel Connal Partnership, on what was a very important project for the local community.
Created to be the new home of Leicester Riders Basketball Team, the Sports Arena was designed to accommodate 2,500 supporters. The seated arena was designed with several sports in mind – not just basketball, but also volleyball and basketball. The facilities were designed according to Sports England guidelines, ensuring that both able-bodied and disabled competitors were accommodated.
A true sense of community is a major part of the arena’s overall remit and its objectives. The Leicester Riders Foundation, based at the facility, works with the local community to increase participation levels in basketball in the city of Leicester and across the wider county of Leicestershire. Not only that, the Foundation delivers a wide range of sustainable programmes designed to promote health and wellbeing.
Leicester Riders Foundation provide weekly sessions for young people of all ages and abilities at the Morningside Arena and in local schools. During half-term holidays, a programme of all-day sessions is held at the Arena – these are open to all abilities, aged 8-17.
The new project at Morningside Arena will be a welcome return for B&E Boys to Leicester. The company is no stranger to completing extensive projects on sports facilities across the country either – they completed a new Sports Centre at Rossall School, consisting of an indoor sports hall, a 50m sprint track, a viewing gallery, and male and female changing facilities.
At Sedbergh School they created a state of the art brand new building which cleverly inserted into Sedgwick Hill, minimising its impact on the landscape. The Centre is an innovative, sustainable and environmentally friendly facility, providing a double court multi-functional sports hall with retractable spectator seating, a fitness suite, teaching area and changing rooms. Hospitality facilities are positioned to overlook both the hall and Buskholme.
At Goshen Sports Centre, works comprised the construction of a new steel portal frame gymnastics centre, complete with new drainage systems, car parking and landscaping. Extensive repairs and refurbishment were also carried out to the existing changing rooms. The main gymnastics hall was fitted with Kingspan insulated cladding systems and a translucent panel system.
Another similar project was completed at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire. This project involved the construction of a new steel and cladded portal-framed building with concrete floors and amenity areas. The newly-constructed sports centre was built to accommodate badminton, basketball, 5-a-side football, alongside state-of-the-art changing facilities. As is often the case with projects of this type, work was carried out on a fully-operational college campus site. Careful project management ensured that disruption was minimised, and that the safety of all stakeholders was ensured.
B&E Boys have a wealth of experience completing projects in sport and leisure, and across a wide range of other sectors, including education, healthcare, residential, industrial, ecclesiastical and heritage and restoration.
If you have a project in mind that you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.