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31 Oct

Farrans welcomes up to 20 apprentices to help develop new local construction leaders.

Up to 20 apprentices are experiencing first class on-the-job training as part of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s stunning new £35 million leisure complex in Craigavon.

On track for completion next year, construction of the new leisure centre is being led by local construction and engineering firm Farrans.

The dedicated programme to provide a new and exciting range of opportunities for young people keen on progressing a career in the construction sector started last year and up to 20 apprentices are being deployed across a range of roles.

Once complete, the leisure centre, which will create 500 construction jobs during its development, will be home to world class facilities including a 50-metre swimming pool, Northern Ireland’s largest gym at over 1,000 square metres, an eight-court sports hall and an extensive outdoor water-sports provision.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Mealla Campbell, said:

“Skills development is a key priority in helping to drive, support and grow a successful local economy and we’re delighted that working with Farrans on our largest capital project investment to date, has created so many opportunities for work-based learning and training have been created. Our apprentices are ambassadors for our Council and we’re really proud of the work they do and the contribution they make.”

The innovative build, which is advancing fast and is on course for completion in 2020, will also feature an indoor children’s soft play area and innovative new ‘Pool Pod’ platform lifts, designed to improve pool access for people with disabilities and for those less mobile.

Felim Blaney, Contracts Manager, Farrans Construction, said:

“Our success is built on the skills and talent of our team and we’re keen to drive recruitment numbers across all areas of our business and across the wider sector, producing a motivated ‘talent pipeline’ of keen and motivated people who will be our future leaders.

“Working with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, we’re delighted to be offering up to 20 people the opportunity to come and work with us to help us create an inspiring destination and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help positively shape the health and well being of everyone in the locality”.

“Apprentices are vitally important for the local and wider economy and for providing on-the-job prospects in real-life scenarios. They also help to build skills and confidence and can help dramatically accelerate careers.”

The construction phase alone is expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy, and the 500 jobs directly created are in addition to the staff that will run the new leisure facility.

Apprentice engineer and a competitive swimmer at Banbridge Amateur Swimming Club, Kealan McCambridge said his experience working on the new leisure centre was unbeatable.

“When the opportunity arose to move to the leisure centre site, which is also close to home, I was ecstatic. I’ve been able to quickly advance my skill set and improve my knowledge as an engineer for the future. Working on this project has also enabled me to greatly understand the functionality of large-scale buildings, which will aid me in my experience and knowledge as I drive towards finishing my degree in Civil engineering.

“I look forward to the new centre opening in 2020 and I will take great pride in knowing that I contributed to this flagship project. I’m also looking forward to the further opportunities it will continue to bring to the local area for many years to come.”

As part of ABC Council’s commitment to high levels of spend within the local market and small to medium-sized enterprises, it commissioned Farrans Construction through the Scape Procure National Construction – Major Works England and Northern Ireland framework to build the new leisure centre.

Scape’s collaborative ethos involves engaging with approved local businesses, sub-contractors and suppliers, ensuring that the Craigavon project will provide significant employment opportunities for local residents and businesses.

For more information on the new South Lake Leisure centre, click HERE.

19 Dec
Construction work on state-of-the-art leisure complex progressing well after steel frame installation

Construction of a new, state-of-the-art £35 million leisure centre in Craigavon is advancing fast and is on course for phased completion in 2020.

With the steel frame structure now firmly installed on the dry side of the building – providing an anticipatory glimpse of how the structure will look on completion – foundation works to create the new 50-metre gala swimming pool are now well under way.

The latest build milestone paves the way for a series of key installations in quick succession, including the creation of two additional pools, an eight-court sports hall, studio spaces, squash courts and an indoor children’s soft play area.

Tandragee-based concrete and piling firm Taranto installed the 1,000 concrete piles needed to support the 415-tonne steel frame on the dryside of the building, supplied and installed by Walter Watson, a family firm based in Co Down.

Once complete, the new leisure centre will also be home to a world class 1,000m2 gym – the largest available anywhere in Ireland – as well as an extensive outdoor water-sports provision, traditional best-in-class fitness facilities and fluid open spaces including a café and studios, which have been designed to meet community and visitor needs.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Cllr. Julie Flaherty, said:

“A flagship project creating at least 500 jobs on site, with more to follow, this is a pivotal moment in the development of this new and exciting leisure facility, which has been designed to transform the health, wellbeing and quality of life for residents and visitors for generations to come.”

The new centre will be among the first in Northern Ireland to feature ‘Pool Pod’ platform lifts, designed as a legacy of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics to improve pool access for people with disabilities and the less mobile.

This follows a major partnership with Disability Sport NI to deliver a flagship leisure centre which supports the development and long-term sustainability of sports and leisure programmes for people with disabilities. Working with Disability Sport NI, the Council has ensured that access and facilities have been prioritised and advanced from design through to completion.

Farrans, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading construction firms, is spearheading the contemporary new build and has a long track record of delivering successful projects, including Bangor’s award-winning Aurora leisure centre, Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast and Craigavon Area Hospital.

The project was procured via the Scape Major Works framework, which has since been superseded by the Scape National Construction framework. Configured to deliver construction projects across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, the frameworks performance management processes ensure Farrans is working directly with local suppliers, contractors and the wider community.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, said;

“We are pleased to see Craigavon’s new leisure centre taking shape. It has taken tremendous effort from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to create an exciting facility that will be accessible to all, and encourage a healthier lifestyle for the local community.

“Creating social value and delivering community benefits is embedded throughout our frameworks. As well as ensuring a maximum spend on local labour and SME engagement, the project will also drive long-term economic benefits through the provision of training, upskilling and employment opportunities for the local community. We look forward to seeing this project evolve in the coming months.”

For more information on the new South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon visit https://getactiveabc.com/south-lake-leisure-centre/

13 Aug

ASPIRE is a skills initiative developed by Farrans’ Community Engagement team.

 

In partnership Farrans and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council would like to extend an invitation to those who are unemployed and students who are interested in studying any construction/ground maintenance related subjects. The age requirement for this programme is 17 years plus.

 

The ASPIRE programme consists of employability skills training, a site visit to the South Lake Leisure Centre site, work experience (both on site and in a Council Park), CV/application form writing and an interview skills workshop. Undertaking this programme will allow you to gain first-hand experience in ground maintenance matters and provide you with the opportunity to stand out from the crowd during your work experience.

26 Jun

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s state-of-the-art £35 million new leisure centre will create more than 500 jobs during the project’s construction phase, estimated to last until summer 2020.

The construction phase alone is expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy, and these 500 jobs are in addition to the staff that will run the new leisure facility.

As part of ABC Council’s commitment to high levels of spend within the local market and small to medium sized enterprises, it commissioned Farrans Construction through the Scape Procure National Construction – Major Works England and Northern Ireland framework to build the new leisure centre. Scape’s collaborative ethos involves engaging with approved local businesses, sub-contractors and suppliers, ensuring that the Craigavon project will provide significant employment opportunities for local residents and businesses.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty commented,

“Our council is dedicated to showcasing our borough as an ideal location for working, investing and visiting. The South Lake Leisure Centre project ticks all those boxes – we are providing fantastic career opportunities for young people through one of the biggest flagship projects we have seen in this region in a decade, making the ABC borough the perfect place to visit and invest.”

As part of the community engagement process, this week local students and job seekers heard about the various career opportunities in all aspects of the construction industry – technical, contracts and support – at an ‘opportunities day’ in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre, hosted by Farrans in partnership with ABC Council. The structured day included a site visit, allowing students and job-seekers to see the large-scale construction site in progress and hear about structured work experience opportunities and apprenticeship schemes.

SRC joinery student Jordan Lappin remarked,

“It was great to hear about the training and structured skills development opportunities. The apprenticeships in particular are great for students like me to get a chance to earn while we learn and have support from our employer while we are studying.”

International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.

International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.

Aspiring young engineers Cara Coleman (year nine student at Brownlow Integrated College) and Siobhan Smyth (year nine, St Ronan’s College) with Brigid McGuigan, Farrans Community Engagement Manager, during International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.

Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day, Farrans held an event for young female students, where they heard from one of the successful female engineers, giving them first-hand insight into life on a £35 million building site.

Brigid McGuigan, Community Engagement Manager at Farrans said,

“Recent research showed that the construction industry is struggling to cope with a huge skills gap, so we are keen to encourage as many young people, especially women, as we can to join this fascinating and exciting sector. We are delighted to be able to offer local jobs to local people, and urge anyone interested in getting into construction to get in touch with me.”

Brigid McGuigan (Farrans) encourages aspiring young engineers

Brigid McGuigan (Farrans) encourages aspiring young engineers

Brigid McGuigan (Farrans) encourages aspiring young engineers Cara Coleman (year nine, Brownlow Integrated College) and Siobhan Smyth (year nine, St Ronan’s College) at International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.

The facility, which will be situated adjacent to Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre overlooking the South Lake, features an impressive eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, fun pool and a spectator gallery.

Once complete, the new gym will be the largest available on the island of Ireland, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, spin and dance studios. It will also include an extensive health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and a large sports hall suitable for a variety of sporting activities, as well an extensive outdoor watersports provision.

Plans for the new leisure complex – first floated in 2010 – are part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the ABC area. It will represent the largest capital project ever undertaken by the council since its formation in 2015 and will provide an enhanced facility, designed to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole borough.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, commented,

“The Craigavon Leisure Centre will play a key role in the wider regeneration of the ABC area, delivering fantastic benefits to local residents with health and wellbeing at its heart. The project will boost the local economy through engagement with local supply chain partners, whose specialist knowledge and expertise are vital to Scape’s collaborative ethos, and the key to delivering this essential community facility.”

Farrans placement student engineer, passes on his technical knowledge to aspiring young enginee

Farrans placement student engineer, passes on his technical knowledge to aspiring young enginee

Patrick Robinson, Farrans placement student engineer, passes on his technical knowledge to aspiring young engineer, Katie-Ann Fegan, year nine student at Brownlow Integrated College, during International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m leisure centre site at Craigavon’s South Lake.

Anyone interested in work experience, site visits, workshops, apprenticeships or career opportunities at the South Lake Leisure Centre, Craigavon construction site should contact Brigid McGuigan, Community Engagement Manager, Farrans by email on .

09 Apr

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has appointed Farrans, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest and most successful building contractors to construct the new South Lakes Leisure Centre.  The company have moved on site to begin initial early works for the new leisure development.

 

The impending works that are taking place on site are:

 

  • The Watersports Centre has been closed and cleared for demolition.
  • The hoarding for the building site is being erected and will be finished in March 2018.
  • Demolition of the Watersports Centre will start in April 2018.
  • New temporary accommodation for the Watersport Centre will be placed in the grounds of the Civic Centre. The Watersport Centre will operate from this site for the duration of the build.
  • Ground works will take place on site for a 3 month period until June 2018.
  • June onwards will see the build of the new facility starting.

 

As could be expected, there will be some access disruption for our customers throughout the build period; this includes:

  • The underpass from Drumgor will remain open only to allow access to the bus stop on Lakeview Road heading towards Lurgan.
  • Access from Drumgor to Rushmere shopping Centre and to the Lakes will be via the footbridge over the Lakeview Road.
  • The car park at the old Watersport Centre will remain closed throughout the duration of the build; alternative parking options include the South car park situated on the Lurgan Road, Tannaghmore Gardens and the Boalie carpark (Kilvergan Road), please refer to the map below.

 

 

Public toilet provision will be provided at Tannaghmore Gardens and, in due course, at the temporary Watersport Centre (within the grounds of the Civic Centre).

 

Access around the Lakes for walkers and cyclists will be maintained both during and after the building of the facility.

 

For more information on the South Lakes Leisure Centre project, click here!

09 Apr

Council would like to apologise to our customers who experienced inconvenience this morning when trying to access the paths around Craigavon Lakes.

The contractors appointed to build the new leisure centre had to temporarily close this path to allow ground works to take place.

The path has now reopened to allow full access to the site for all our customers.

 

For more information on how the South Lakes Leisure Centre build is going, click here

14 Mar

Farrans to start preparatory work for new leisure facility ahead of 2020 official opening

 

Early-stage planning and initial enabling works necessary to create a new, multi-million sports and leisure facility in Craigavon are under way, paving the way for the construction of a new flagship health and wellbeing destination with facilities that will rival the best available anywhere in the world.

 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has confirmed that Farrans, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest and most successful building contractors, is preparing to move on site next month to begin initial early works for the new leisure development.

 

Working closely with the council, the company has already initiated a proactive campaign to inform local communities about the impending works.

 

After almost eight years since plans were formalised, the council said the highly-anticipated project, which has been future-proofed to meet the health and leisure needs for generations, remained on track to open in just over two years’ time.

 

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson, said:

 

“With planning secured and an agreed work schedule in place, the council’s vision to provide transformational leisure facilities which will be enjoyed by existing and future generations for decades to come is at last being realised.

 

“Recreation brings people together from all generations and I am certain that once completed, this landmark health and leisure facility will serve a growing community that will be encouraged to improve their health and wellbeing, to participate in an activity at whatever level they choose, and, above all, have fun.”

 

Based in Northern Ireland but with offices across the UK, Farrans is an award-winning market leader in project delivery and has a wealth of experience across a range of sectors, including leisure.

 

The company behind the award-winning £38 million Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Bangor, Farrans has also completed a major £15 million redevelopment of the existing leisure facility at Rushcliffe Civic Centre in Nottingham, breathing new life into the area last year. It is also poised to work on constructing One Bankmore Square in Belfast – a planned scheme for the largest single office building in Northern Ireland.

 

In addition to the staff that will run the new leisure facility, the project will create more than 500 jobs during the build. The construction phase alone is also expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy.

 

Brigid McGuigan, Farrans’ community engagement manager, said:

 

“We’re excited that this transformational, multimillion-pound development project will soon start to take shape and we look forward to further engaging our communities, updating them on new build plans and on progress throughout.

We encourage feedback and we will work hard to minimise the sometimes inevitable but temporary disruption that large-scale construction can cause. This is our commitment and it is our priority.”

 

Once complete, the new gym will be the largest available on the island of Ireland, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, spin and dance studios. It will also include an extensive health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and a large sports hall suitable for a variety of sporting activities, as well an extensive outdoor watersports provision.

 

Plans for the new leisure complex – first floated in 2010 – are part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the ABC area. It will represent the largest capital project ever undertaken by the council since its formation in 2015 and will provide an enhanced facility designed to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole borough.

 

The total project cost is estimated at around £35 million.

 

For more visit the South Lakes Leisure Centre section of our site.

14 Dec

Craigavon spearheads £30m world class leisure centre after planning go-ahead

 

Planning permission granted for new multi-million-pound leisure development will deliver first class facilities for a new era of better health, wellbeing and sporting ambition

 

Craigavon’s new state-of-the-art £30 million leisure centre plans have been given a seal of approval by the local planning authority, paving the way for a construction start date early next year and full access for all in 2020.

 

The long-awaited proposal, first put forward in 2010, is part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough area.

 

The biggest capital project ever undertaken by the Council, the new leisure centre will provide an enhanced facility to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole Borough. The centre will be unique in in the region, offering indoor and outdoor leisure experiences from a single site.

 

The facility, which will be situated at the site of the existing Watersports Centre, adjacent to the Civic & Conference Centre and overlooking the South Lake, features an impressive eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, fun pool and a spectator gallery.

 

Once complete, Craigavon will host one of the largest gyms on the island of Ireland, with visitors enjoying panoramic views. Customers will have state-of-the-art equipment, spin and dance studios, an extensive health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and a large sports hall suitable for a variety of sporting activities.

 

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Alderman Gareth Wilson, said:

 

“With planning consent firmly secured, work can now start to create a brand new, modern leisure facility which meets the needs of everyone, creating new and exciting opportunities for individuals, families, schools and sporting enthusiasts who can realise their fitness, lifestyle or professional goals in a world class facility that fully supports their needs.

 

 

“Full planning approval represents a tangible and rewarding step towards an official opening date and I’m delighted that this puts the project in delivery mode, ensuring that everyone – with all levels of fitness and ability – will soon have the opportunity they need to make a marked difference in improving their health ambitions in the best facilities available.”

 

In addition to the staff that will run the facility, the project will create more than 500 jobs during the construction phase. The construction phase alone is also expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy, apprenticeships, work placements and job opportunities for the local community.

 

Disabled Sport NI ‘excellence’ status is expected to be granted once the building is constructed given the enhanced accessibility provision incorporated into the design. It will also deploy the latest technology to make the building and the services it offers as energy efficient and as sustainable as possible.

 

“The new leisure centre plans are ambitious, forward-looking and are eagerly awaited, representing years of planning, extensive consultation, revisions and further consultation,” added Gareth Wilson. “Carefully considered with extensive feedback provided by residents, clubs and associations, I’m thrilled that everyone can now benefit from this significant investment.”

 

For further information, and regular updates, visit www.getactiveabc.org/south-lake-leisure-centre.

16 Aug

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has signed-off plans for the new super leisure centre at the South Lakeshore, Craigavon and has applied for planning permission.

With a target date for completion in the spring of 2020, the South Lakes Leisure Centre incorporates a state of the art design and will have something to offer to everyone.

After extensive discussion with Councillors and a further round of talks with a wide range of organisations and people, the design team has carefully redesigned the building, effectively time-proofing it for future generations.

With an agreed budget of over £30m, the new leisure centre is the largest project in the Council’s ambitious capital investment programme and a landmark for Craigavon. It will significantly enhance the Borough’s leisure offering and be at the forefront of indoor and outdoor leisure provision in N.I.

Situated at the site of the existing Watersports Centre, adjacent to Craigavon’s Civic & Conference Centre, there will be a varied range of indoor and outdoor facilities providing opportunities for locals, families and serious athletes alike.

 

 

The centre comprises a 50m main pool (with moveable floor level), fun pool, a separate teaching pool, the largest gym in Northern Ireland, an 8-court sports hall suitable for several indoor sports, a range of studios including a dedicated spin room and dance studio, an open hub space with café and soft play area, two squash courts and an outdoor watersports adventure centre.

“I’m delighted to say that we’ve agreed a new interior design for the leisure centre”, comments Lord Mayor Alderman Gareth Wilson, “yes it’s taken time but Council wanted to and needed to make sure that this centre would meet residents’ requirements for many years to come.”

“It’s a very ambitious build and represents many months of planning, extensive consultation, revisions and further consultation. Council has carefully considered residents’ points of view and has come up with a centre that local people will get something from it and enjoy for many years to come”.

The Centre will be designed to the highest inclusive standards, achieving Disabled Sport NI ISF ‘excellence’ status.

The Centre will also use the latest technology to make the building and the services it offers as energy efficient and as sustainable as possible.

Council is committed to high levels of spend within the local market and small to medium sized enterprises; this project will provide significant employment opportunities for local residents and businesses.

Consequently Council has commissioned Farrans Construction through the Scape Procure National Construction Framework to build the new leisure centre. A core component and ethos of the Scape procurement system involves engaging with approved local businesses, sub-contractors and suppliers.

 

 

The South Lake Leisure Centre planning application is being considered by the Planning Committee in the very near future, with the outcome of that application anticipated later this year. It is expected that work on the much-awaited project will start in January 2018.

The first stage of the project will involve the temporary relocation of the current Watersports Centre moving it to the old pier beside Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

Access around the Lakes for walkers and cyclists will be maintained both during and after the building of the facility. The very popular Park Run has moved to Tannaghmore Gardens as the group has expanded and parking for the runners at the South shore was limited.

Meanwhile Council is proactively working to regenerate the sites on which the three existing leisure centres are based. Each will remain open until the new leisure centre is completed.

 

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