Pick Everard makes a splash with £3M leisure centre extension

01 June, 2017

The revitalisation of a 50-year-old Scottish Highland leisure centre has been completed by Pick Everard and other construction partners on behalf of The Highland Council.

Thurso Leisure Centre has undergone a £3 million refurbishment and has now been officially opened. Pick Everard provided mechanical and electrical building services design to assist the local authority in reducing running costs and bringing back to life a dated building.

Doug Soutar, director at Pick Everard, said:

“This was a complicated refurbishment which was carried out on a phased basis so that the leisure centre could remain in use.

“We incorporated new energy efficient mechanical and electrical services, including a biomass boiler.

“Our designs integrate an energy efficient ventilation system that is expected to save approximately 10 per cent on revenue costs compared to traditional mechanical design options.

“We have also used LED lighting throughout the centre, which will save the council around 20 to 30% on the existing lighting energy costs as well as improving the lighting to meet current Sport Scotland recommendations.

“We have carried out the building services design and supervision on a number of swimming pool and leisure centre upgrades and extensions and have a wealth of expertise in this field. Using BIM is key to the way we work and we apply it to many of our projects to ensure cost and energy savings are delivered for clients.”

The refurbishment provides a new reception area and changing village, as well as a refreshed multi-purpose studio. The swimming pool has undergone a complete refurbishment and has been fully retiled, with a new sauna and steam room installed.

The new facility will be managed and operated by High Life Highland, the Council’s arms-length charity, who manage many of the council’s leisure and recreation buildings.

Inverness based Les Hutt Architects, provided the architectural design for the project. The main contractor was O’Brien Construction Ltd, Thurso, with project management by The Highland Council.

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