boltonarena and Bradshaw Gass and Hope LLP celebrate!
Bradshaw Gass and Hope LLP is proud to be associated with boltonarena in its celebrations for 10 years in business. Bradshaw Gass and Hope LLP is also preparing to celebrate 150 years in business in 2012.
boltonarena, completed in 2001, marked a high point in the work of the practice at that time and is the product of a concept developed by Patrick Taylor, formerly Chief Architect for Bolton Council, and Mark Head, Partner of Bradshaw Gass and Hope LLP. It was a fine example of collaborative working between client and consultant, with a great deal of innovation and adventure incorporated into the design. Much of the impetus was provided within the project team by Peter Bradshaw, formerly of Bolton leisure Services but now with Manchester City FC, and Carole James, similarly of Bolton Leisure Services.
Innovations were provided by the incorporation of a Sports Education Theatre, which offers a multi-functional space for symposia, master-classes, VIP functions and has strong IT connections to enable a wide connectivity for viewing live events and for transmitting broadcasted lectures. Clubs, schools and private parties are part of the usage of the space.
A major innovation is the removable walkway within the main Tennis Hall: born out of industrial experience Bradshaw Gass and Hope LLP introduced the concept of flexibility in the ability to 'float' the major section of structure to the side of the hall by means of pneumatic floatation pads. This has allowed many important and world class events to take place at the Arena, starting with the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and continuing with boxing events and other major sporting spectacles as well as large meetings and public events.
The quality of accommodation and the sense of dramatic spaciousness is gained through careful use of the structure interplaying with the overall planning of the footprint. The site is tightly managed and incorporates generous, parking, MUGAs, tennis, Five-aside football courts, a full size Athletics track and football pitch as well as dense and lush, biologically diverse planting within a riparian setting. The Middlebrook had been previously diverted by Bolton Council to allow for the development and this had incorporated flood relief measures and careful environmental research to protect properties downstream.
Bradshaw Gass and Hope LLP was commissioned to develop the design through to completion in the disciplines of Architect, Structural and Civil Engineering and Landscaping. Deacon and Jones were Quantity Surveyors, MPM Capita was the Project Manager and Ballast Wiltshier were the Principal Contractors. The project construction cost, including all of the external works and playing fields, was approximately £10m.