Location: Cofton Park Sports Pavilion, Cofton Park, Birmingham
Client: Birmingham City Council
Employers Agent: Acivico (Design, Construction & Facilities Management) Ltd
Principal Designer: Enviro Building Solutions Ltd
Contract Type: JCT Design & Build Contract 2011
- Modular building incorporating two team changing rooms, showers, accessible changing facility, referees’ changing room, general meeting room, WCs, kitchen and store area
- Floor area 152m2
- Seven modular bays
- Combination of colour contrasting plastisol and rendered fascia
- One way fall pitched Kingspan roof
- All groundworks, foundations and drainage
- Fire detection and intruder alarm installations
- High level windows
- Completed August 2016
- Project value £235,000
The Challenge: Creating a sports pavilion for a local park
Birmingham’s Cofton Park consists of 135 acres of rolling fields and trees, and features open grassland with football pitches used by the local community. The land was bought by Birmingham City Council in 1933 as a result of a legacy from William Walter Hinde, once a leading Birmingham manufacturer. In his will he left the residue of his estate ‘for the purchase of land to be kept for ever as an open space for the benefit of the people of Birmingham’.
Following a competitive tender process, Enviro Building Solutions was commissioned to design and build a modular sports pavilion, bringing together facilities including changing rooms, showers, a meeting room, store area and kitchen for use by local sports teams including Cofton Athletic Football Club.
“Modular building techniques provided the ideal solution to create a sports pavilion for Cofton Park, bringing together all the advantages of speed of construction, minimal disruption on the park and offsite construction of the individual key elements which matched the project deadlines and provided quality changing facilities for a range of sports taking place in the park, including youth football.”
Two team modular changing facility
Enviro Building Solutions commenced the works by stripping the site and completing a reduced level dig to house the foundations for the new sports pavilion. Groundworks included the creation of necessary foul and surface water drainage systems.
Whilst this work was in progress, the individual modular units were under construction at Enviro’s factory, with concurrent works successfully shortening the build schedule.
Once delivered to site, the modular units were swiftly assembled and the interior fit out completed. This included all mechanical services for plumbing and heating, incoming mains supply, fire and intruder detection alarm systems and cabling for IT. Practical and hardwearing aluminium windows and doors, including high level windows for the changing areas, complete the building.
A building to match the environment
This was a unique modular building challenge, with the exterior designed to match and blend with the surrounding parkland. Clad with green plastisol and featuring a cream rendered fascia with a one way fall pitched Kingspan roof in terracotta, the completed construction sits within its environment without detracting from the rolling scenery.
The project was carried out over an eight week time frame and completed on time and to budget, providing the local community with a high quality sports support building and enhancing the facilities at Cofton Park.