Engineering work completed on £5m leisure centre project in Minsthorpe, Wakefield

20 April 2018

Specialist services have been provided for the construction of a £5m swimming pool and leisure centre in Minsthorpe Wakefield

Work began on-site in late 2016 and the new centre was officially opened in March 2018, on time and within budget.

Minsthorpe leisure centre Wakefield features a six-lane swimming pool, a gym and fitness suite and replaces an older swimming pool demolished in 2013.

Adam Sedgwick, Edge founder and director, who is also a chartered structural engineer, said: “Swimming pools are unusual buildings and very demanding from multiple engineering perspectives because of the heavy loads, and the significant operating and heating equipment used for the general environment and the pool itself.

“We started our work in late 2016. We began looking into possible foundation solutions, the steel frame layout and then the pool structure. All work was carried out using the BIM (Building Information Modelling) Level 2 system, sharing information with the architects and mechanical-and-electrical engineers, who were GT3 Architects from Nottingham and Silcock Leedham from Leeds.

"The ground conditions were quite challenging with low bearing characteristics. So we used a specialist technique called vibro-compaction to improve the ground’s weight-bearing capacity required for the proposed heavy building.

“Furthermore, as part of the planning conditions, we were asked to improve the site’s drainage to address the national planning policies to reduce flooding. So, we successfully overcame a number of challenges.”

Kov Bahadori, leisure facilities operations manager for Wakefield Council, added: “Adam Sedgwick and staff at Edge Structural Design were very helpful in liaising with our planning department and their expertise helped move this project forward. To overcome the site’s challenges and complete the work on-time and to budget is a great achievement for everyone involved.”