High Performance Sport & Leisure

What really sets Thomas Vale apart is our understanding of the leisure sector and our innovative construction techniques alongside the experience and knowledge to work closely with clients and their design teams to ensure that each leisure facility we build is highly energy efficient.

Alexander Stadium, Grandstand

Contract Value: £10.4 million

This development is the first stage of a masterplan to re-develop Alexander Stadium to ultimately provide a 35,000 seater athletics stadium for the City. The facility will provide fixed seating for 5000 spectators, including 30 assisted wheelchair spaces located mid terrace. Toilets, a First Aid Room, and a food concession outlet are provided on the second floor public concourse which is accessed via two pedestrian bridges from the new grass embankments. Beneath the grandstand the design provides for 2500 sqm of self contained Office space on two floors, with interconnecting stairs and lift. Adjacent to the Offices there will be 535 sqm of public Gym space provided, which will include showers and changing facilities, and will supplement the existing gym at the stadium. The Offices are being constructed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.

Telford International Centre

Contract Value: £6 million

The £6 million development at the venue, owned by Southwater Event Group, has involved the extension to the centre to provide it with a new entrance, public concourse and events suite, together with internal refurbishment and reorganisation of the Southern elevation of the centre. The new Ludlow Suite will provide the centre with a new events suite and is set to hold up to 1,500 delegates. The steel-framed, energy-efficient building also features low-energy lighting to manage energy consumption more effectively. The lighting has a presence detection feature designed to only emit light when the room is being used, a further energy-saving feature. Low water usage sanitary ware has been used to save water in the centre's efforts to create a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable building. A Building Management System (BMS) has also been fitted to control the natural ventilation of the building and generate energy savings. The computer-based control system manages the internal environment of the building by distributing air throughout the building and locally controlling the mixture of heating and cooling to achieve the desired room temperature.

Gymnastics & Martial Arts Centre, Birmingham

Contract Value: £7.0 million

The GMAC, as it has become known, has a 1840 m2 gymnastic training hall with two floor areas to accommodate both traditional floor exercise and rhythmic gymnastics, a variety of fixed apparatus and tumble runs. It also has a spectator capacity for up to 460 people on retractable seating which when pulled back creates a further sports area for trampolining. In addition, there is three martial arts areas to provide for aikido, judo, karate, ju-jitsu, kendo and wrestling. When not in use for martial arts one of the rooms will be used for aerobics and other types of exercise classes, demonstrating the versatility of the new facility.

Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

Contract Value: £10.6 million 

This new build and refurbishment scheme had been talked about for more than a decade and was a joint venture between the MAC, South Asian Arts development agency (Sampad), and Birmingham City Council. It was jointly funded by BCC and the Arts Council, with Thomas Vale Construction being chosen as the preferred contractor. The new facilities and expansion of areas also means the MAC can accommodate more events and exhibitions. The MAC’s facelift included the design and build of a new three storey central link to include a restaurant/ café, additional 200msq space for performing arts and leisure, first floor double height art gallery and consolidated open plan offices. Major refurbishment works were carried out to the existing theatres, cinema and other arts studios and office spaces.

BMX Track, Birmingham

Contract Value £500,000

The track will become home to Birmingham BMX Club, which will run events and training sessions three times a week, and boasts floodlights so that it can stay open through the winter. Members of the public will be able to use the track outside of club events and the council hopes it will become a popular venue for birthday parties and other celebrations.