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Olympia Sports Village

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Client Belfast City Council
Architect Hamilton Architects
Value £5.1m
Contract Period 19 months

The Olympia Sports Village project has delivered a Sports Pavilion and spectator stand, two state of the art 3G FIFA certified flood lit synthetic sports pitches, a MUGA Pitch, a children’s activity park together with a new 200 space car-parking facilities for Belfast City Council and Lindfield Football Club all fully fenced off and segregated.

The project focal point is a magnificent illuminated tree lined boulevard with access from the newly created entrance onto the busy Boucher Road.

In 2017, Woodvale Construction were appointed to demolish the existing leisure centre and swimming pool and then uplift the existing Midgely Park pitch undertaking all the associated site works such as drainage, attenuation tanking and services.

Construction commenced of a new pavilion and stand on a piled foundations, changing rooms and synthetic pitches for Linfield F.C. 

Commitments to the Football fixtures list formed an important part of the programme planning for this initial phase of the works with extensive coordination with the client team and the project team to ensure no fixtures were impacted.

The subsequent project phase was to construct the boulevard and car park which required switching the access routes to the Leisure Centre and the National Stadium, clear linage and signage was crucial.

Phase 3 saw the construction of the second B.C.C owned synthetic pitch and the formation of the new right hand turning land off the Boucher Road.

The final phase saw the provision of a new MUGA pitch. The formation of the new children’s activity park and the installation of the apparatus within. Bespoke art installations have been installed along the tree lined boulevard and at the children’s activity park, rejuvenating the area.

Key Facts

·         Extensive site and ground works including the demolition and removal of the existing leisure centre and swimming pool. The uplifting of the existing Midgely Park Pitch.

·         Temporary provisions of utilities to ensure minimal client disruption

·         A robust Traffic Management Plan and Disruption Management Plan were implemented to manage pedestrian zones, continuous access for customers to the Leisure Centre and public pedestrian access to the busy Boucher Road. These were coordinated with the IFA, Linfield FC, Belfast City Council, Translink and the PSNI.

·         B.C.C Leisure Centre and the National Stadium remained open for public access throughout the project

·         Tight control of Health and Safety led to zero accidents or incidents on site during construction.

·         114 weeks employment weeks were delivered in conjunction with T.R.E.E (charity and social enterprise) fulfilling the B.C.C social clause of 104 employment weeks.