READ Construction

Wrexham Tennis Centre

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Project name: Wrexham Tennis Centre

Contract: JCT Intermediate

Value: £480,000

Duration: 20 weeks


Extension to increase the indoor and outdoor training capacity of one of the UK’s most successful tennis centres. The existing facility remained open and fully functional during the extension project, which handed over ahead of the centre’s competition season.

CLIENT FOCUS – With a packed calendar and an approaching competition season, the client key deliverables were the continued use of all existing court space and earliest possible completion. To accommodate these requirements, Read completed the extension construction externally, with only a single court taken out of use during the break through works over a 5 day operation. This resulted in continued use of the entire facility for all but 1 court for 5 days and early completion and revenue generation from the extended courts.

AWARD WINNING – Read deliver exceptional quality in every single project. This is a key deliverable expected of our supply chain in every work package undertaking. Irrespective of the relatively simplistic design, being large portal steel frame with composite cladding and roof deck, close supervision and a robust quality system with adequate control process ensured the quality was of the highest order, resulting in an LABC Building Excellence award.

What was said ...
  • Adrian Jones - Tennis Manager North Wales Regional Tennis Centre

    In September 2009, Read Construction Holdings Ltd completed a £500,000 facility enhancement project at the North Wales Regional Tennis Centre.  The project added an outdoor court, two Mini Red indoor courts and another full sized indoor court to the existing six outdoor and six indoor courts.

    The extent of work and planning required to build the outdoor court was sizeable, given the amount of earth that had to be removed to build the new court at the same level as the existing.  Additionally, the new outdoor court was being built closer to houses at the rear of the site, which would inevitably cause some disruption to local residents, so planning and communication between Read’s site manager Lee Bell and ourselves, as well as with residents and the local council, was of the utmost importance.  As expected, there were some issues that arose throughout the three month build but Lee dealt with them all very professionally and the whole team took on the job with the needs of the residents in mind so as to cause as little disturbance to them as possible.

    The project was completed on time and within budget and Lee led his team throughout the project with great efficiency and enthusiasm.  Of particular importance to us was the impact that building the new indoor courts would have on the existing tennis programme.  As a not-for-profit business, the Tennis Centre could not afford to shut down its activities throughout the build so Read came up with a plan to create the foundations and frame for the extension without taking down the end wall until near the end of the project, which allowed us to use as many courts as possible.  Also, considering the number of children that access both the Tennis Centre and the park behind, the provisions for health and safety were impeccable, with strict guidelines given to the construction team and Centre staff alike.

    Comments from customers upon completion were all extremely positive and for players who regularly enter the annual international tournaments held here, many of them could not tell what part of the Centre was new, such was the quality of finishing in keeping with the existing structure and colour schemes.

    I would strongly recommend Read Construction as a build partner for other projects.

  • Nick Bateman - Wrexham County Council

    Wrexham Tennis Centre

    Just a quick line to thank you and your team for the early completion of the extension to the centre.

    An early completion has enabled the centre to book the additional courts out and get revenue from them earlier than expected which they are extremely happy about.

    The client and I would especially like to thank Alan, Lee & Huw for their professionalism and cooperation throughout the project which enabled us to work well as a team.

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