Protecting strategic sports facilities

A new state of the art, competition-standard swimming pool will deliver a strategic venue for the sport to develop for years to come, through innovative construction techniques.

Worcester City Council’s new £10.5million pool extension at Perdiswell Leisure Centre is part of a national strategy to support the right facilities in the right areas to get more people participating in sport. Paid for in part by Sport England as part of its Strategic Facilities Fund, the facility when open in 2017 will provide a 25m x 18m eight lane main pool, a 18m x 10m learner pool with moveable floor, and seating for 250 spectators.

The pool complex is being built by Speller Metcalfe, with roofing executed by Britannia Site Solutions, using 2,300mProtan EX-A 1.5mm single ply polymer membrane adhered to the aluminium and concrete roof decks.

“It’s a comparatively complex roof, where we needed to consider the significant number of penetrations and detailing from plant and ducting, plus the different construction substrates, and the aggressive environment of chemically-treated water beneath,” explained Britannia Site Solutions’ director Nick Coles.

“Single ply was specified for the roof covering; we chose to use an adhered system for aesthetics, as the deck is exposed internally over the pool and the ‘dry’ spectator area. We always use Protan, as we believe it delivers best value for performance, longevity and ease of installation, and we get great technical and site support if needed.”

Protan EX-A is a polyester reinforced membrane with a laminated fleece underside, and is purpose-developed as an adhered system for environments with high humidity such as swimming pools, or where mechanical fixing is difficult or undesirable.

All Protan roofing membranes are fully BBA certified, and have been developed to cope with even the most extreme weather conditions without detriment: it is certified to ≤ -30°. The membrane achieves durability in excess of 30 years, with air leakage controlled/minimised in line with latest Building Regulations.

Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top three membrane manufacturers in Europe. A member of SPRA, it provides a full support service, from RIBA-approved CPDs, NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice is provided from Protan UK’s Warrington head office and training centre.