Delivery of new, state of the art sports park on challenging site

The new £15m University of South Wales (USW) Sport Park was completed in April 2018. It was constructed in response to growing demand for space and to accommodate a significant increase in student numbers which had placed pressure on the previous facilities. The Sports Park also helped to enhance the student experience and is expected to facilitate growth in student numbers and community clubs. The Sport Park helps USW maintain its position as the largest provider of football coaching degrees in Europe, delivered through a partnership with 30 Premier League and English League Football Clubs. It is recognised as a ‘world class facility’ that is enjoyed by the local community and visitors from all over the globe.

Professor Julie Lydon, USW Vice-Chancellor

Professor Julie Lydon, USW Vice-Chancellor

“We are delighted that the First Minister was able to officially open this spectacular new facility, and see for himself the efforts USW is making to strengthen its reputation as one of the leading providers of sports courses in the UK. Our investment in this enhanced resource is an example of our belief in the importance of giving students first-hand experience and allowing them to be immersed in their subject – from both a practical and academic level.”

By leading a collaborative value engineering process with the University and contractor, we achieved a major cost saving of £900k from the omission of an additional changing room, along with another £200k saved from specification changes including replacement of areas of curtain waling with cladding, and the selection of an alternative cladding material with similar aesthetic qualities and performance. We have future-proofed the Sports Park by keeping the groundworks and slab for the omitted changing rooms within contract; this means the changing rooms can be easily added at a later date when funding becomes available.

 

To reduce the delay caused by the discovery of mine workings, we developed a separate enabling works package to secure and level the site and distribute arising earthworks while designs for the new building were being developed. This ensured occupation of teaching areas were achieved on time. We provided training to the client team in the use of the NEC3 contract which increased the levels of project collaboration by enabling more effective administration in line with the terms and procedures of the contract.