BAL, the UK’s market leaders in full tiling solutions, have played a crucial role in the development of a new 12,500m², £36m leisure centre in the heart of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Recently opened, Huddersfield Leisure Centre features a range of top sporting and leisure facilities, including a 25m competition pool, 20m training pool with moveable floor and a family leisure pool with interactive water features, water flume and sidewinder.
What’s more, visitors can enjoy squash courts, a 15m climbing wall, bouldering wall, twelve court sports hall, large gym, cycle studio and combat room.
The centre also features changing facilities, offices, meeting rooms and a large café.
The new centre was designed to meet the clients brief for a multi-purpose sporting and leisure facility for the local community which compliments the existing street pattern and contributes to the regeneration of the town and surrounding region.
BAL tile adhesives, grouts, sealants and preparation products were all specified for the project which featured more than 10,000m² of tiling in the main changing rooms, upstairs changing rooms, pool surround, leisure pool and main swimming pools.
BAL worked extensively with project architects AHR, main contractors BAM, tiling contractors The Tiling Company and tile suppliers Ceramique Internationale Ltd from design to completion, including specification support from BAL’s Technical Advisory Service (TAS) and on-site support from BAL’s expert Product Support Technicians.
David Longbottom, Specification Manager at Ceramique Internationale, said: “We called upon BAL at the very beginning of the project for their technical advice and full NBS specification for the tiling, and we would like to thank them for their hard work on this prestigious project.
“BAL are a tried and trusted manufacturer, always providing quality tiling products, with back-up support and technical advice from design to build.”
BAL products used at Huddersfield Leisure Centre included numerous preparation products such as BAL Quickset Cement, BAL Quickset Render, BAL Prime APD and BAL Bond SBR (acrylic primer for walls and floors, bonding agent for walls and floors respectively).
A number of different tile adhesives were utilised throughout the project including BAL Single Part Flexible (flexible adhesive), BAL Supercover Rapid Flexible (fast-setting, high yield tile adhesive), BAL Rapidset Flexible (fast-setting flexible adhesive) and BAL Max Flex Fibre (flexible, fibre-reinforced adhesive).
The stunning tiling work was completed with grouts including BAL Microflex White, BAL Superflex White, BAL Superflex Wide Joint in Grey, White and Limestone, BAL Grout White and BAL Easypoxy White. Movement joints and edges were sealed with BAL Micromax Smoke (flexible, anti-microbial silicone sealant).
Huddersfield Leisure Centre
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Installation of more than 10,000m² of floor and wall tiling throughout a new £36m, multi-purpose leisure centre.
BAL products used:
ADHESIVES: BAL Single Part Flexible, BAL Supercover Rapid Flex, BAL Max-Flex Fibre, BAL Rapidset Flexible
GROUT: BAL Microflex, BAL Grout, BAL Superflex, BAL Superflex Wide Joint, BAL Easypoxy
OTHER: BAL Quickset Cement, BAL Quickset Render, BAL Bond SBR, BAL APD Primer, BAL Micromax sealant
General circulation space: 450x450mm unglazed grey porcelain tiles by Casalgrande Padana, Italy.
Main Changing Rooms: Walls by Vogue, Italy, 10 matt glazed colours supplied in modular sizes 200×200, 200×100, 100×100 and 50x50mm. Floors by Casalgrande Padana, Italy, 2000m2 grey speckled porcelain profiled 200×200 with contrasting dark grey sit on cove.
Upstairs Changing Rooms : Walls by Casalgrande Padana, Italy, 1000m2 in white unglazed porcelain 600x300mm with coordinating decors. Floors by Casalgrande Padana, Italy, 300m2 in bush-hammered unglazed light brown porcelain 300x300mm.
Pool Surround: 900m2 by Casalgrande Padana, Italy, Cream textured glazed porcelain 250x250mm.
Leisure Pool: Floor by Gail, Germany, 300m2 in white extruded anti-slip 250x125mm. Walls by Vidrepur, 200m2 in special bespoke blends in 25x25mm glass mosaic.
Main Swimming Pools: Tanks and edge details by Gail, Germany, 1000m2+ in 250x125mm in white and blue extruded, extruded finger grip tile with blue safety edge with special bespoke corner pieces.
ARCHITECT: AHR, Huddersfield
MAIN CONTRACTOR: BAM Construction, Leeds
TILING CONTRACTOR: The Tiling Company (Northern) Limited, Newcastle
MATERIALS: Ceramique Internationale Ltd, Leeds