CDM-C Blackburn College Leisure Centre

What the project involves

Facilities at Blackburn College’s town centre campus have been substantially enhanced due to the completion of a £13.5 million leisure centre.

Aegis worked closely with the college to provide CDM co-ordination services for the project. It comprises an eight-lane 25m pool; learner pool with movable floor; leisure slides; health suite; 80-station gym; aerobics studios; and squash courts.

In addition, the building accommodates further education teaching facilities including two four court sports halls, segregated changing facilities, performance assessment laboratories, and teaching spaces.

The new facility, completed in the summer of 2015, has replaced the Waves Water Fun Centre, a 26-year-old recreational venue located next to the college campus in the town centre.

The project team at Aegis worked with DLA Architecture, Pearson Fraser (the employer’s agent and quantity surveyor), as well as Bardsley Construction Ltd to help deliver the building. The principal contractor was Eric Wright Construction and Desco Engineering Consultancy was also heavily involved in the scheme.

How the client is benefiting

The building is now an integral part of the town centre skyline – an iconic development that will serve the community and college for many years to come.

The new complex incorporates a carbon-efficient design that halves the running cost of the previous building.

Aegis’ CDM solutions involved the delivery of co-ordinated health and safety arrangements to ensure processes and procedures for all activity on the site were carried out safely and effectively.

Aegis added extra value by working with the college to implement and manage new CDM 2015 regulations, which came into effect in April. CDM 2015 is designed to improve health and safety in the construction industry by clearly setting out roles and responsibilities on construction projects.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

As well as the leisure centre, Aegis has provided CDM co-ordination services for two other major building projects that have transformed the town centre campus.

This meant Aegis had a firm and detailed understanding of the college’s requirements, which enabled us to operate efficiently with construction companies and other on-site suppliers.

The first development we were involved in was the college’s £7 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building, completed in 2013.This is now delivering a curriculum to meet the needs of employers for skilled and resourceful workers, though apprenticeships and other learning programmes.

The second project, a £5.5 million Automotive Technology Hub (RATH), saw Aegis appointed as CDM co-ordinator for the design and construction of the building. Completed in 2014, it will produce engineers and technicians to meet the needs of the regional automotive industry.