QuadCore Evolution Axis and Recess

Andersonstown, Brook & Robinson Leisure Centres, Belfast

QuadCore Evolution panelised facades are helping to bring a sleek, contemporary look to three new leisure centres in Belfast.

The Project

Belfast City Council’s Transforming Leisure initiative will see £105 million invested over a ten-year period, to improve leisure facilities, programmes and services in and around the city. As part of the programme’s physical investment, a number of pre-existing leisure centres were demolished and are being replaced by new, state-of-the-art leisure facilities. Each of the new developments has been designed to offer a unique selling point to local communities. Amongst those facilities undergoing regeneration are the Andersonstown, Brook and Robinson leisure centres. With provision for indoor and outdoor sport and leisure activities, community spaces and cafes, the redevelopment of these centres brings exciting new opportunities to local residents.
 
The striking, modern exteriors of the three new buildings were created using a combination of Kingspan Facades' QuadCore® Evolution Axis and QuadCore® Recess panels.
 

Sector:
Leisure
Location:
Belfast, Ireland
Completion Date:
2020
Building Owner:
Belfast City Council
Architects:
McAdam Design
Main Contractor:
Heron Bros
Sub-Contractor:
Thornton Roofing
Product:
QuadCore® Evolution Axis
QuadCore® Evolution Recess

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Andersonstown Leisure Centre (Design)

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An exciting, family-oriented leisure centre was envisioned for Andersonstown, with a particular focus on water leisure and wet play. With a surf machine and three big waterslides twisting spectacularly out of the side of the building, in addition to the 25m 6-lane pool and learner pool, Andersonstown offers a multitude of opportunities for family fun. There is also a wealth of indoor provision, including spin and exercise studios and a 140-station fitness suite, and a community café provides a friendly place to grab a drink and a bite to eat.
 

Brook Leisure Centre (Design)

Brook Leisure Centre, Evolution Recess and Axis
Although the new Brook Leisure Centre also includes swimming facilities, its main focus is on outdoor provision and is designed to be a sports centre for Gaelic football and soccer. In addition to the 3G GAA pitch, hurling wall, and three 5-a-side pitches, the new facility also provides a 5-court sports hall, 60 station fitness suite and a multi-function community room. An outdoor playground and buggy trail offer further provision for young families.
 

Robinson Centre (Design)

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Historically, the Robinson Centre has been considered the primary swimming facility in Belfast and, in keeping with this heritage, the new development is primarily an aquatics centre, providing a stage for galas, training and other competitions within its 25m, 8-lane pool. Newly named Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre, the redevelopment includes a 20m-long training pool and leisure water provision, as well as a four-court sports hall, 140-station fitness suite, fitness studio and outdoor five-a-side pitches, with a new community centre and café incorporated into the building.

To distinguish between the centres, each was carefully designed to highlight their unique selling point. McAdam Design also ensured that the three centres had a recognisable collective appearance.
 

Cohesive Design (Design)

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To achieve the right balance between the individual and shared identities of the centres, each building was designed using different architectural approaches, in response to their distinctive use and context, but utilising the same palette of materials and colours to create a common identity.
 
QuadCore® Evolution Recess panels were used on the Andersonstown centre whilst QuadCore® Evolution Axis was used on the Brook centre. Linasharragh, meanwhile, is clad in a combination of both QuadCore® Evolution Axis and QuadCore® Recess panels. The panels for all three buildings were specified in a subtle palette of colours from the Kingspan Spectrum range, including Metallic Greyrock, Solid Moonstone, Metallic Obsidian and Solid Pearl. The Spectrum coating’s excellent UV and corrosion resistance will ensure the colours retain their depth over time, keeping the buildings looking their best. The chosen monochromatic blend, along with the panels’ flat profile, folded panel ends and hidden fixings, unite to create a minimalist, contemporary aesthetic.
 

Ready, Set, Build (Build)

Brook Leisure Centre, Evolution Recess and Axis
Chosen for their clean lines and quality, the single component installation of the QuadCore® Evolution panels helped to establish a quick and effective construction programme for each of the new buildings. As they can be easily laid vertically or horizontally, the QuadCore® Evolution panels offered the flexibility needed to realise the design, and different configurations were used on each building, adding further variety and individuality to their appearance. Fixed directly to the supporting steel work, the panels enabled a weathertight envelope to be constructed quickly, meaning internal trades could begin work much earlier than traditional building methods would have allowed.
 

Leisure for Life (Performance)

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The region’s Strategic Planning Policy Statement (SPPS) places sustainable development at the heart of its planning decisions, ensuring that new facilities will contribute positively to their communities in every possible way, enhancing the area’s societal, economic and environmental well-being. It was therefore important that the materials specified for the leisure centres were in keeping with these principles. The QuadCore® Evolution panelised facade system offered a sustainable, cost-effective solution as well as providing excellent structural, thermal, acoustic and durability performance.
 
The panels feature a QuadCore® insulation core, which delivers unrivalled thermal efficiency and will enhance the performance of the buildings over their lifetimes. This improved thermal performance helps optimise resource efficiency, meaning the leisure centres will be able to serve their communities for longer. QuadCore® technology is CFC, HCFC, HFC free and has a very low Global Warming potential, further upholding the environmental principles within the SPPS.
 
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