Official opening of Weston College flagship facility

A multi-million flagship facility at Weston College’s Loxton Campus, Weston-Super-Mare, has been officially opened.  The first of its kind in the region, the Health and Active Living Skills Centre enables young people and members of the public to gain access to modern facilities with the aim to improve the general health and wellbeing of the community.

Clarkebond provided a range of engineering services on the project, including civils, structures, ground engineering and flood risk assessment.

Clarkebond engineers designed piled foundations with a suspended floor slab for the centre because the local ground conditions of soft alluvial clays with high shrinkage potential and made ground were unsuitable for conventional shallow foundations.

“It’s great to see the successful conclusion of this project and to be able to make a long term contribution the education and well-being of our region.” comments Mike Baughan, Clarkebond Associate Director, Structural Engineering. “The whole design and construction project team worked in partnership within the budget programme to deliver the project goals and objectives for this first in class facility.”

The centre provides a modern learning environment for students studying courses in sport and health and social care.  It features a state-of-the-art training hospital ward, laboratories a sports pitch, multi-purpose indoor sports hall, and café area.

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Local Growth Fund, administered by the West of England Combined Authority contributed £5.4 million towards the project.

Client:  Weston College
Contractor:  Midas
Architect: View
Project Manager: Chappell