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The practice is well established in the sport and leisure sector, having worked on many developments for local authorities and private clients. We have the expertise to deliver new build projects of all sizes from school sport halls and gymnasiums, through to leisure centres and stadiums.

We currently carry out regular safety inspections for a Championship football club in accordance with the Green Guide “Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds” and provide advice on planned maintenance to satisfy local authority licencing requirements.

Cricklade leisure Centre, Wiltshire

Client: Wiltshire County Council/ Contractor: Bray & Slaughter

Value: £1m – £5m

Currently on site, this project involves complete refurbishment of an existing leisure centre. Upgrades include the extension of the fitness suite, the creation of a purpose-built fitness studio, an improved swimming pool hall, refurbished pool and new purpose built plant room, along with expanded wet changing facilities. Craddys are providing civil and structural engineering services, including insitu assessment of the existing concrete framed structure. #
Photo credit: Architects – Studio Lime

Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Client: Cardiff City Stadium

Value: >£10m

Craddys were responsible for design and detailing associated with the new precast concrete panelling for the iconic new Cardiff City stadium. Home to Cardiff City Football Club and the Cardiff Blues rugby team, this development provided a new home for Welsh sporting teams befitting of the capital city. Craddys undertook detailed design of bespoke bracketry to support façade panels and internal precast elements, along with providing detailed fabrication drawings for construction.

Bristol City Stadium, Bristol

Client: Ashton Gate Stadium

Value: <£1m

Craddys are responsible for undertaking annual structural inspections in accordance with the Green Guide “Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds” and providing advice on planned maintenance to satisfy local authority licencing requirements. Some of the more interesting aspects of inspection involved specialist rope access contractors, used to visually inspect and test high level steelwork, along with chemical testing of precast concrete elements to ascertain rate of carbonation and longevity.

Gillingham Leisure Centre, Gillingham

Client: Three Rivers District Council

Value: £1m – £5m

Extensive refurbishment and extension of existing leisure centre to provide new 25m swimming pool, gym area, fitness studios, sports hall and community space. The swimming pool structure was of particular interest as the existing long span glulam beams were restored and re-used. Additionally, the sports hall retained the existing precast concrete portal frames, which were justified for over roofing proposals.

Barnstaple Leisure Centre

Client: North Devon District Council

Value: £1m – £5m

Acting as project managers and design engineers for refurbishment of an existing 25m x 33.5m “c” shaped steel swimming pool set in a concrete framed building, comprising a full blast clean and paint of the pool, repairs to supporting steel columns and surrounding concrete skimmer drainage, re-tiled access areas including supporting concrete deck, new replacement Jacuzzi and sauna suite and steelwork roof repairs along with new insulated pool ceiling

Ludlow Racecourse

Client: Ludlow Race Club Ltd

Value: >£1m

This racecourse has records of races dating back to 1725; parts of the structures were built in the Edwardian era, so is a mixture of new and (strengthened) old. This project involves providing a structural risk assessment report and maintenance schedule for the stands. The report comments on the structural condition of elements and records details of testing and/or remedial works that have been conducted, whilst the schedule details and provides timescales in which elements would need increased levels of inspection and maintenance.