Northfield Leisure Centre: Site Newsletter March 2017

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Newsletter from Project Manager Mark Glanville of site developers ISG. The newsletter is distributed to residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity of the Leisure Centre and reproduced here at the request of ISG.

Hello as promised here is the latest edition of our regular newsletter to keep you up-to-date with how we are progressing with the project to re-develop your local leisure centre.

Once completed, the new facility will include:-

  • 25 metre, 6 lane swimming pool
  • Training / learner pool
  • Changing village
  • Fitness suite
  • Dance studio
  • A community room

We’ve made good progress to date, completing the demolition and crushing of the old buildings before Christmas and starting construction of the concrete structure of the new building this year.

So far, we have excavated for and constructed the basement plant room area and have used the crushed material from the old building to level the site and give a good base on which to build the new centre. Construction of the new pool itself has just started.

I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that, now the bulk of the excavation is complete, the number of lorries entering and leaving site will reduce dramatically.

As promised, we managed to remove the crest from the front of the building, the two foundation stones and the weather vane and have stored them safely for potential re-use on the new scheme. Our architect is currently coming up with several proposals for further review and discussion.

Upcoming activities

Over the next couple of months we will carry out the following works:-

  • Complete construction of the main swimming pool.
  • Commence installation of the drainage system to the new building.
  • Install the lift shaft.

The construction of the concrete parts of the new building will continue for approximately 3 months, after which the steel frame for the first floor and roof will be erected.

While we are constructing the concrete elements it might appear that not a lot is happening, as very little will be visible over the top of the hoarding, but we will be working hard behind the hoarding to deliver the new leisure centre.

Considerate Constructors Scheme

As an associate member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, ISG are committed to provide a first class service to our clients, we are also extremely passionate about ensuring daily operations cause minimum disruption to the local community during our works. With this in mind we are opening up various ways of communication with the local residents.

  • Regular newsletters, such as this one, that will keep you informed about what we are doing and will introduce some of the site team.
  • A notice board has been erected on the site hoarding by the main gates.
  • Monthly drop-in meetings onsite every first Friday of the month, please feel free to drop in if you have any questions.
  • Visits to local schools to be arranged in association with our client, Birmingham CC and Serco.
  • Vision panels have been cut in the hoarding to allow pedestrians to see what we are up to.
  • We are also be working with B31Voices to make information about the project more widely available. They can be contacted in various ways, as follows:- www.b31.org.uk; Tw: @b31voices; www.facebook.com/b31voices

Important Health, Safety & Environmental Information

I would like to thank all local residents for continuing to bear with us whilst we carry out our works. Your safety is paramount to us at ISG and therefore we do have to insist on stringent measures to maintain our high standards.

ISG strive to ensure that the highest standards of Health, Safety and Welfare are maintained for all employees, sub-contractors, client third parties, visitors and members of the public involved in the project.

We are very aware that traffic can get very busy around this area, particularly at each end of the day. As such we have arranged the site entrance and have it manned at all times to ensure that delivery vehicles are taken off Great Stone Road immediately so as not to disrupt traffic.

Also, in order to minimize disruption to the surrounding areas we will not be working at weekends or Bank holidays unless there is a specific operation that is less disruptive if carried out at these times. We will let you know of any such operations in the weeks leading up to them in more detail.

The site has been set up with CCTV cameras which are monitored off-site, with mobile patrols that can visit if the need arises.

As part of our first aid provision on site we have an emergency defibrillator.

This is also available for use by members of the public if an incident occurs near the site.

We have registered it on www.heartsafe.org.uk/AED-Locations, a database of AED’s available for public use.

If you have any questions about the project or site safety, please contact me, Mark Glanville, Project Manager, mark.glanville@isgplc.com, or drop in to the office and I will be happy to speak with you.

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