Rushcliffe Arena

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Client: Rushcliffe Borough Council

Completion: Dec 2016

Value: £15m

Project Summary

Rushcliffe Arena was refurbished and enhanced via a complex phased design & delivery model whilst the existing original centre remained operational throughout construction. The project consisted of the partial demolition, refurbishment and extension of the existing Rushcliffe Arena to provide a new state of the art leisure facility and also a new civic hub into which Rushcliffe Borough Council relocated. Demolition consisted of the removal of the existing soft play, snooker rooms, meeting space and ancillary accommodation. The existing indoor Lawn Bowls Hall was refurbished with the rink being turned through 90 degrees to provide a new 8 lane facility. The existing Sports Hall was also refurbished and updated to meet today’s Sport England standards. An extension provided the new civic hub consisting of council chambers, meeting rooms, Mayor’s Parlour, Council Leaders Offices and also desk space for 122 Council employees. On the Leisure aspect the extension housed a new 25x12m, 6 lane swimming pool, a 13mx10m Leaner Pool and Leisure water with toddler beach zone including interactive play equipment. The project also included were a new 150 station Gym, Spin studio, 2No Dance Studios and 3 No Squash Courts along with Changing Villages and ancillary accommodation.


Rushcliffe Arena is the quintessential community project as it fused public leisure facilities with a new Civic Headquarters for the existing Borough Council. By bringing these 2 separate facilities under the one roof the Council secured significant savings in operational & running costs whilst also presenting a more transparent and approachable facade to the general public. This model exposed McAdams to some very innovative and far-reaching design philosophy with regards the future of public leisure projects. Key successes included:

  • Due to a malicious fire on site at the start of the project it was necessary to rethink construction techniques to ensure the programme was not affected. This ensured the original programme was maintained
  • Early intelligent value engineering removed unnecessary weight from the upper floors which was detrimental to the structure and was causing unnecessary strain on the budget.

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