Stewards Academy, Harlow

4 badminton court, single storey multi-use sports hall with specialist timber sprung flooring, a fitness suite and ancillary areas including changing facilities and a new reception.

Cost: £1.5m Location: Harlow Opened: March 2017 Cost per sq metre:

Project Challenges

We have faced a variety of challenges throughout our time developing sports halls. Each project generally presents its own set of complications, sometimes relating to existing structures, surrounding areas or site conditions and in other cases, it’s purely about budget, keeping numerous funding partners happy, or meeting a deadline.

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Project Challenges

This sports hall was developed in the playground of the existing school, and whilst the school was fully operations. Keeping the children safe at all times was an initial challenge.

The limited budget was also an essential factor in this project. The Academy had been saving a long time to finance this, so it had to come in on budget.

Project Solution

Each unique set of circumstances, is thought about and considered, in depth, by Ball Hall at the outset of the project. We bring all of our previous experience and expertise to the fore and try where possible, to apply a combination of creative and pragmatic thinking to problem solve in each case.

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Project Solutions

Our health and safety planning specified the school pupils would have access to the building, separate from site traffic, which maintained safety at all times.

We gave the academy a standard 4 badminton court hall. The limited budget was allocated so that the first priority was to ensure the very best in sporting facilities for the school. We met the planning requirements with some well designed elevations and then built the hall as efficiently as possible.

Ball Hall Added Value

With all the difficulties of a project considered upfront and contingency built in for unforeseen events or conditions, Ball Hall deliver outstanding buildings for sport. A Ball Hall Sports Hall often exceeds expectation and consistently becomes a flag waving celebration for the organisation, with many further benefits that materialise over time.

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Ball Hall Added Value

We were able to demonstrate, through a previous project, exactly what flooring, lighting and type of changing rooms the academy could expect for their money.

With the specification pinned down and cost determined at the outset, we were able to provide a very straight forward solution. This meant the school could offer a much broader range of sports appealing more widely to pupils, young people and the extended community.

“Ball Halls are exceeding our expectations as top quality venues for playing netball. We look forward to many more being built to help cope with the expansion of our game.”

Betty Codona OBE, Chair England Basketball on their endorsement of Ball Hall.

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