Championing sport in Middlesbrough
Situated in the heart of the city, the newly completed Middlesbrough Sports Village offers top-level sports facilities, including an athletics field and stadium featuring a 400 metre track, four five-a-side synthetic turf pitches (STP), a full size flood lit STP, fitness gym, indoor sprint track and a 250 metre velodrome.
Middlesbrough Council needed a cost-effective solution to help revitalise the town and improve the health and well-being of the community. BuroHappold Engineering believes that economically constrained projects need not compromise on quality solutions.
Careful forethought and investment in expert design planning skills in the early stages of a project delivers great dividends by the time construction begins.
Astute engineering in the ground works, water management and siting of the building afforded substantial savings. For example by reducing the number of vehicles needed for transportation in importing and exporting materials to the site. We used earthworks modelling to achieve a cut and fill balance across the site. The use of gravity drainage, allowed for an existing Network Rail culvert to be used rather than creating one, thus saving money and resource. We incorporated a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) to ease storm water, filter surface water runoff and allow water to be channelled at lower gradients. This ensured that the existing culvert could be reused, while also providing the most eco-friendly drainage of the site.
Our engineers worked closely with the delivery team to co-ordinate designs to minimise building height, optimise usable space and secure a timely and cost effective project execution.
Today the multi-purpose Middlesbrough Sports Village serves as an important center to community life in the region. The development’s indoor and outdoor cycle tracks, created by a partnership between Middlesbrough Council and British Cycling, are among the best in the UK.
The success of this project demonstrates how smart planning, and shrewd execution can provide savings, dividends and value to the residents of Middlesbrough for many years to come.
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