Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Heale Farm Equestrian Centre
Indoor riding centre for private clients
The client's Design and Build brief included a 60m x 20m main arena, a 12.5m x 29m lunge arena, stabling for nine horses, hay store, rug store, horse walker, tack room and horse shower and office, w.c. and kitchen facilities all under one roof. Existing farm buildings were demolished and some 4,500 cubic metres of hard, brashy ground was removed to accommodate the centre. Dove Construction is an authorised dealer for Cover-All buildings and, from their product range, a Titan structure was chosen to give a clear span of over 36 metres with an overall internal area of 2,800 square metres. This structure was delivered in sections and erected on site - the largest of this type to be constructed in Europe.
The translucent fabric allows the maximum amount of natural light within the equestrian centre therefore lowering the running costs and the project also includes the use of rainwater harvesting equipment to utilise the storm water gleaned from the roof area. Air-source heat pumps provide all hot water to the office, kitchen, tack room and horse showers. These measures, together with sustainable timber and the use of recycled materials met the client's desire to have a building that was eco-friendly.
Dove Construction forged a close working relationship with the client to ensure that everything was designed and delivered to very specific requirements. As this was the first equestrian centre of its kind in Europe new partnerships were formed with specialist suppliers to complete the centre to the highest standards.
The project was completed in nine months during which the construction team also had to cope with some of the worst winter weather for several years in this part of the country.