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Ratcliffe College, Fitness Suite & Sports Hall, Leicestershire

A new two-storey fitness suite at Ratcliffe College, Staniforth is the architect, Benchmark the project manager providing an extension to its existing sports hall. A new 1,460 sq m sports hall is the second sports hall at Ratcliffe College. The Sports Hall, designed by Franklin Ellis Architects and built by Pure Construction has been equipped with a function room for hosting match teas, changing facilities and a viewing gallery.

These new facilities are shared with a number of local county sports associations as well as sports clubs and schools, supporting community sport as well as Ratcliffe College students.

Following the establishment of its unique partnership with Leicester City Football Club (through King Power), educating two cohorts of Thai Scholars, the college has agreed a partnership with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, who will use the College’s facilities for all their under 12 to under 15 county home cricket fixtures from the summer of 2019, whilst providing expert coaching for their own students.

BSP Consulting provided civil and structural engineering services at the site in North Leicestershire, off the A46. BSP structures director Carl Hilton said: “We have a great ongoing relationship with Ratcliffe College, supporting them as they expand and develop and improve facilities at what is a beautiful countryside site.

Head of Preparatory School, Fr Christopher Cann said: “It has been wonderful to see sport in the Preparatory School going from strength-to-strength over the last few years, with both our under 11 cricketers and now our under 11 girls’ hockey teams making it to national finals. We have introduced a second sports afternoon for our Years 5 and 6 students, and the children will be thrilled with this amazing new facility and all the extra opportunities it will afford them. As a recognised centre of sporting excellence, we look forward to hosting regional and national events through the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools and extending our very important partnerships with primary schools in the area through our football, netball and cross country festivals.”

BSP Consulting previously provided structural and civil engineering for a £4.5m new building for Ratcliffe College Preparatory School, which was completed in 2014 and crowned Building of the Year by Charnwood Borough Council in 2015.

Role

  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

Client

Ratcliffe College

Contractor

Pure Construction

Architect

Franklin Ellis & Staniforth

Project Description

A new two-storey fitness suite at Ratcliffe College, providing an extension to its existing sports hall. A new 1,460 sq m sports hall is the second sports hall at Ratcliffe College.

Value

£2.8m

Completion

2019

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