BAM chosen by Sheffield City Council for enhancing health and leisure facilities

24 March 2015 10:30 - BAM Construct & Ventures UK Ltd
Artists impression Graves Leisure Centre in Sheffield

Hemel Hempstead, 24 March 2015 - BAM Construction is to transform Graves Leisure Centre in Sheffield under a £16 million contract with Sheffield City Council. The Leeds-based contractor will build a range of swimming, fitness and medical facilities to complement the existing tennis centre. New amenities will include a 25m swimming pool, a smaller training pool, a gym and fitness suite, trampoline space, dance studios and X-ray and clinical examination rooms.

BAM is finishing off a major new leisure centre in nearby Huddersfield – and an estimated 80 per cent of the supply chain by project value will come across to the Sheffield scheme.

Graves Leisure Centre broke ground last week, with completion scheduled for summer 2016. Photovoltaic cells and other renewable energy will be used to help the project meet sustainability aims. BAM will also work with local suppliers, workers and the community on the project as part of the YORbuild framework.

BAM senior design manager Noel Banfield said: ‘We are very much looking forward to beginning on this important project, which will contribute to health and wellbeing in Sheffield and beyond. Building and testing swimming pools in particular is very technical and complex, so we are delighted to be bringing across much of the management and wider team from the Huddersfield scheme. This will bring huge efficiency benefits to the project to extend these facilities. We have strong credentials in the health and leisure sectors and this depth of experience will ensure that people in Sheffield get excellent new facilities.’

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: ‘Here in Sheffield we have a proud sporting heritage and it is important that we build upon that to create the right environment in which the sportsmen and women of the future can train, develop and thrive. But it isn't just about the elite, it is about every man, woman and child in our city being fitter, healthier and enjoying physical activity. This completely revamped leisure centre at Graves will be a top-class venue at which people from all walks of life can swim, take part in team sports and join in fitness sessions to make them happier and healthier.’

BAM’s construction projects in Yorkshire include the Leeds Arena. Its property company is behind the Leeds Latitude buildings, and its FM company manages facilities for Wharfedale Hospital.

Further information: Mark Slattery, Press and Media Manager, BAM Construct UK Ltd, 01442 23 84 15.