David Ross Sports Village
Continental has recently completed the installation of the sports equipment at the UK’s largest sports hall project - the David Ross Sports Village (“DRSV”) at the University of Nottingham.
This £40m project incorporates a huge 20 badminton court sports hall, 2 studios each with 2 badminton courts, a dojo with 2 competition size matting areas, an indoor sprint track, a archery and fencing room, squash courts, a fitness suite, changing rooms and many other areas.
Continental worked closely with David Morley architects to define the requirements for the sports equipment and to ensure equipment appropriate to all the levels of play required by the University were taken account of in the planning.
Coordination of equipment, courts and clear heights was extremely complicated and was undertaken to ensure that at least some of the courts for all sports were accommodated with the required run-offs for International level play.
Continental specified a range of top level sports equipment manufactured by ourselves and by our supply chain partner Schelde Sports of Holland. For example, Schelde Sports manufacture FIBA 2 certified roof mounted basketball goals and FIBA 1 certified portable basketball goals which were both specified. Schelde also manufacture IHF certified socketed handball goals which which were specified. Continental manufacture BWF certified socketed badminton posts which were specified. This coordinated approach by Continental led to delivery of a bespoke range of equipment to suit the client’s needs.
Before and after their appointment, Continental worked closely with Kier Construction who built the DRSV by attending numerous design team meetings - including David Morley Architects, Kier, the University of Nottingham and other specialists such secondary steelwork suppliers and structural engineers. This collaborative approach helped to ensure the sports equipment was properly coordinated with the fabric of the building and that any necessary builder's work was designed into the construction phase.
The sports equipment for this facility was primarily socketed for ease of use, safety and performance reasons. In total we installed 207 sockets of which 48 sockets needed to be over 300mm deep requiring slab thickening in those locations.
Many unique issues needed to be addressed in this project - for example the normal tolerances for measuring and drawing lines for court markings were multiplied up by the scale of the hall to such an extent that a new approach to setting out the sockets and courts had to be devised. In total 10 different datum points had to be accurately set out around the hall and coordinated with drawings to ensure tolerances were not multiplied.
The line marking layout drawing was particularly taxing - with 62 courts to set out in compliance with governing bodies’ regulations including different courts of the same sport designed for different levels of play and always ensuring that different lines were coordinated properly and only coincided if intended to do so and otherwise had space between lines to avoid the unsightly problem of lines immediately adjacent to other lines. Continental and David Morley architects worked closely to produce a combined drawing for the line marking work to be undertaken.
The equipment supplied by Continental included:
- Acoustic curtain - One electrically operated vertically retracting central acoustic divider curtain to divide the hall in two. This curtain utilises a bespoke fleece backed material that absorbs sound rather than just reflecting it, to provide sound separation between two halves of the hall
- Rebound screens - Four full width runs of demountable rebound screens to separate each bay of 5 badminton courts and to provide protection on both sides of the central acoustic curtain. Set-up and removal of the 72 boards was a big issue for the University. Continental’s rebound boards have a hi-tech lightweight core and only weigh 35kg each (compared to the 100kg of some other boards) which helps reduce the staff required for set-up and speeds up the process. The integral wheels in each board and the separte storage trolleys assist in this process.
- Trevira curtains - Two full height opaque visual separation curtains to enable back-to-back badminton to be played without distraction from adjacent courts. These curtains utilise Trevira which is a much lighter material than the much heavier alternative of canvas - these curtains each measure almost 500m2 so weight and manageability is a major concern.
- Vertical divider curtains - Two electrically operated vertically retracting mesh and PVC divider curtains to divide the hall into quarters. These curtains are coordinated with a run of rebound screens and can be stopped at the top of the screens, or lowered to floor level if the rebound screens are removed.
- Division nets - Four traditional pull out canvas and mesh divider curtains to divide each bay of 5 badminton courts into 2:3
- Graduation curtain trackway - A 175m long high level U-shaped trackway onto which a curtain can be attached to be used during graduation ceremonies. This trackway is at high level and had to be coordinated around a range of obstacles in the roof and on the walls
- Electronic scoreboards - Eight electronic multi-sports scoreboards with shot clocks for basketball. The scoreboards are located as pairs at each end of the four basketball courts and as wireless operation was specified, a brand new control system with sufficient channel capacity had to be developed specifically for this project.
- Line marking - Marking of 62 separate courts and seal of the sports hall timber floor. The number of different sports to be included meant that there were not sufficient standard line marking paint colours requiring bespoke special colours to be mixed to suit the University’s requirements.
- Archery netting - Archery protection netting to the archery and fencing room
- Fencing pistes - Line marking of 14 fencing pistes to the fencing room
- Sprint track impact wall - 300mm thick padded impact wall with digital printing at the end of the indoor sprint track
- Changing room seating - Bench seating and wall battens with hooks to 24 changing rooms
- Posture mirrors - Posture mirrors with blackout curtains to two studios
- Floor protection - 3,800m2 of Ultima 5000 dual sided floor protection covering from Covermaster (distributed in the UK by Continental) along with storage trolleys
- Cricket - two double bay cricket netting arrangements with backstop nets all stored in roof mounted electrically winched storage cradles. Roll out matting with creels, trolleys and stumps to suit. The storage of the cricket netting was solved by the use of the roof mounted cradles - as the positioning of other curtains (acoustic and vertical dividers) and doors was such that it was not possible to store the cricket netting on the walls.
- Basketball - three pairs of FIBA Level 2 approved Schelde ceiling mounted electrically winched basketball goals, one pair of Schelde Super SAM 325 portable backstops in bespoke green, four Continental ceiling mounted electrically winched basketball goals and four Continental wall fixed sideways hinged basketball goals.
- Badminton - 20 pairs of Continental BWF certified socketed badminton posts, complete with bespoke storage trolleys designed to meet the University’s requirements (and are now available for sale here) - all powder coated in the University’s house colour of green.
- Volleyball - 12 pairs of Schelde’s brand new socketed SRX volleyball posts
- Netball - four pairs of Continental socketed netball posts powder coated in green with green padding
- Futsal / handball - four pairs of Schelde socketed handball / futsal goals with storage trolleys
- Korfball - four pairs of Schelde competition socketed korfball posts
- Hockey - two pairs of Continental hockey goals with demountable sideboards to the sides of two courts
- Gymnastics - anchors to suit a men’s, women’s and combined artistic gymnastics competition
- Trampolining - two trampoline spotting rigs with PE Redskaber twisting rings
- Martial arts - two full competition size areas - 50mm thick heavyweight matting for judo and 20mm thick lightweight matting for karate, with column padding, mirrors and punchbag bracketry within the Dojo. In addition we padded various columns and supplied the posture mirrors and punchbag brackets to the room.
If you are planning a University Sports Hall or other similar project and would like to hear how Continental can help from the planning, through design, manufacture and installation phases, please do not hesitate to call on 01484 542 051 and ask for a member of our technical sales team.
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