Client: Horsham District Council/Neilcott Construction
Architect: GT3 Architects
Designed with GT3 Architects, the new build dry side sports and leisure facility in Horsham will provide a six court sports hall; an 80-station gym; a cycle studio; three fitness studios; five multi-use games areas; a new clip and climb facility; a treatment room for beauty and sports therapy sessions; cafe and new changing facilities for indoor and outdoor activity, including a Changing Places disabled changing facility.
The structural solution for the centre was split into four key components - a long-span roof structure over sports hall to provide a column free space; suspended floor slabs to studio and fitness suites which will be supported on a regular grid of vertical supports; a typical roof structure supported on a regular grid of vertical supports and a secondary structure to façade and building envelope.
The overall stability is provided by the use of horizontal CHS bracing at roof level, and a composite steel and concrete diaphragm at first floor level. The horizontal bracing and concrete diaphragm transfer lateral loads to bays of vertical cross bracing that are distributed throughout the building.
The project is currently on-site and topped out in April 2018, with completion due in Autumn 2018.