A sporting triumph

B & K Structures has designed and supplied its unique steelwork and engineered timber hybrid frame for the ambitious, state-of-the-art Malvern College Sports Complex, in Worcestershire.

Squires and Brown, chartered architects and building surveyors in Cheshire, had the challenging brief to design a high-tech and modern school sports facility. “Encompassing a 25m pool, eight badminton court sports hall, climbing wall, squash courts, shooting range, gym, multi-purpose hall and function suite, the centre required a sophisticated and highly structural system to facilitate the Complex,” comments David Brazier, Associate Director at Squires and Brown.

Contractors, Speller Metcalfe (Malvern) Ltd, consulted with B & K Structures (BKS) to help design a suitable framework to house the impressive facilities.  Over 235 tonnes of steelwork and 50m3 of engineered glulam beams and columns were specified, supplied and installed by BKS.

Tony Shaw, Construction Director at Speller Metcalfe comments: “BKS delivered a quality steel frame, on programme and in the face of demanding design challenges, enabling us to concentrate on other areas of the project.”

The steelwork and engineered glulam beams and columns were an ideal solution for the sports facility, as they provide complete structural durability, whilst containing a natural aesthetic beauty for the large centre. 

In addition, the environmental benefits of using engineered timber were an important consideration for the College.  Products that help to minimise the environmental impact of the building were of key concern.  The specification of engineered glulam beams was ideal though, as it has the potential to regenerate and therefore is a renewable resource. It is also fully recyclable, waste efficient, biodegradable and non-toxic.

“As well as providing a structurally viable building for the numerous varied sporting activities we are able to offer, we required a naturally aesthetically pleasing structure.  The use of engineered timber creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, whilst being infinitely environmentally friendly,” comments Sean Ryan, Estates Bursar at Malvern College.

The facility is now also used as a winter and wet-weather training base for Worcestershire County Cricket Club and was opened in October 2009 by HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and Michael Vaughan.

Offering a complete package of services including value engineering, CAD design, installation and project management, B & K Structures ensures the highest level of service and a product that not only meets aesthetic, environmental and functional requirements but also offers optimal cost benefits.

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