East Riding Leisure Bridlington

Bridlington, Yorkshire
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Key facts & Challenges

  • Sector: Leisure
  • Project value: £25m
  • Client: East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Architect: East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Subcontractor: Brebur Ltd

Bridlington is a seaside town on the east coast of the UK. It's existing Leisure World is located on a prominent site close to the seafront and it had recently reached the end of its economic life. Currently under construction, the replacement facility will provide a high quality, sustainable and flexible building that will be easier to maintain and manage. The contractors on the project - BAM and Brebur - identified Weather Defence as its preferred external sheathing board for this project.

Installation phase

A seaside location is very challenging, as exposure to the elements - driven rain, sand and salt - places great demand on any project. The two biggest challenges were to make the building watertight before winter so the internal trades could begin work. Secondly, the landmark design included many curved shapes, which limited the type of sheathing material that could be used economically and efficiently.

Weather Defence at East Riding Leisure. Leisure case study.
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Weather Defence, a superior external sheathing board.

"Weather Defence offered us very good flexibility for the curved exterior walls. Wherever we can use it, we'll use it."

Tommy Burke, DirectorBrebur Ltd

Local impact

"Development of the new £25m leisure centre is rapidly taking shape and is due for completion in 2016. It will provide a high quality, sustainable, and flexible building that will be easier to maintain and manage whilst accommodating an attractive array of sports facilities. It will bring together wet and dry sports and leisure activities under one roof. It will provide accessible health and fitness facilities that can serve the varying needs of local residents and visitors to the town. The redevelopment not only rationalises and improves the wet and dry sports facilities but it also contributes to the regeneration of Bridlington town centre."

Susan Hunt, Principal Development Control Officer
East Riding of Yorkshire Council