Purlins Create Leisure Centre Roof
Project: Bilston Leisure Centre, West Midlands
Scale: £14.9m leisure centre forming part of prestigious urban village.
Main contractor: Shepherd Construction
Client: Wolverhampton City Council
Metsec has won the contract to supply 25 tonnes of lightweight galvanised steel purlins to support the roof of the prestigious new Bilston Leisure Centre.
The new facility, which is designed by Wolverhampton City Council/Jacobs Partnership, has been designed to create a dramatic local landmark as well as provide a state-of-the-art amenity that it is hoped will play a part in improving the health of the local population. It replaces the town’s existing leisure centre and will be the first permanent building of a new £175m Bilston Urban Village.
Main contractor, Shepherd Construction is erecting 800 tonnes of steelwork, including 25 tonnes of Metsec’s purlins, to create the frame of the £14.9m 5,600 m² leisure centre, which will offer an eight-lane 25m swimming pool, a learner pool, sports hall, health and fitness suite, four squash courts, a meeting room and cafe. The facilities will be housed within a striking contemporary curved structure with rows of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and mirrored cladding.
Metsec is the UK’s largest specialist cold roll-forming company and has been providing structural steel components for the UK construction and manufacturing industries for over 75 years. Its purlin range includes Z and C and Mezzanine floor sections in depths ranging from 142mm to 342mm, designed to provide optimal levels of structural performance in roof, wall and mezzanine floor constructions.
Clients are offered technical support from Metsec’s team of design engineers and can take advantage of Metsec’s market-leading MetSPEC building shell design software to maximise the design efficiency of a structure and find the most cost-effective solution for construction.
Images courtesy of Wolverhampton City Council/ Jacobs Partnership.