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Dungiven Sports Centre
Local pride plays a part in the development of a state-of-the-art sports facility for the community in Dungiven…
Delivered on time and within budget, the newly completed sports centre and FIFA-certified 3G pitch in Dungiven has proven a big hit with the local community.
The opening of Dungiven Sports Centre has provided people living in the town and local vicinity with a much needed spacious, modern and accessible facility. Successfully delivered under the NEC Short Form contract for Causeway Coast and Glens Council, the project consists of a main pavilion area incorporating four changing rooms and shower areas with male, female and disabled facilities.
This area, which is housed under a single storey standing seam aluminium barrel roof, also provides a state-of-the-art fitness suite, dance studio, toilets (including disabled and accessible), cleaners store, plant room and switch room. A 10m high sports space where visitors can play indoor soccer, basketball or netball is the icing on the cake in what is an exceptionally high quality build by P&K McKaigue Ltd.
A tight budget and an even tighter construction programme didn’t stop P&K McKaigue from delivering the project on time and within the specified budget. The firm only had 12 months to complete the £3million job with no option of overspend.
“Variations had to be identified early on, and value engineering exercises on existing designs and specification changes ensured we remained within the budget threshold, while not compromising on quality or aesthetics.” says Padraig McKaigue, Contracts Director at the firm.
The weather posed another challenge for Padraig and his team.
“The summer of 2016 was a particularly wet period but despite that, the 3G pitch and considerable groundworks and siteworks package still had to be managed on time.”
The upgrading of utilities was also an unforeseen challenge; it was discovered well into the contract that a new sub-station would be required to power the new complex. This was critical in order to get power and heat onto the building prior to the commencement of the second fixes.
“This project was also the first time P&K McKaigue Ltd had completed an external FIFA accredited 3G pitch. The sequencing and programming of this was a new challenge to us but it was successfully delivered under the guidance of Taylor & Boyd Civil Engineers and Synthetic Sports Solutions Ltd, our 3G pitch sub-contractor.”
Working in a live environment always requires extra organisation and vigilance and Dungiven Sports Centre was no different.
Gary Shields, SHEQ Manager at P&K McKaigue Ltd, devised a detailed traffic management plan with the Council regarding the use of the playpark. A letter drop kept the local community informed on parking arrangements while site management controlled access to the playpark. Thanks to safety processes implemented by SHEQ Manager Gary Shields and delivered by Site Manager Eamon Dougan, no accidents were reported during the construction period. There were also virtually no security incidents like vandalism or theft, which is rare on an urban project and a great reflection on the Dungiven Community.
The unique challenges that presented themselves during the Dungiven Sports Centre build didn’t faze Padraig and his team. The firm specialises in community and sports buildings and has built up an extensive portfolio of successfully delivered projects within this sector.
“The Dungiven contract is certainly one of our most high profile and highest value projects to date. It is also the first of these projects to include a FIFA accredited external 3G pitch which will only add to our versatility and experience in this sector going forward,” says Padraig.
Already, the new Sports Centre is proving to be indispensable to the local community. Padraig and his team are delighted to have played such an important role in delivering the project. “P&K McKaigue Ltd is very proud to be associated with this landmark building given the fact we are a local construction company only 15 minutes down the Glenshane Pass.”