Plymouth Life Centre – A gold standard of leisure facility
August 3rd 2012
The recently opened Plymouth Life Centre is a fantastic example
of the nationwide benefits that will be created by the 2012 London
Olympic games legacy. The £46.5m project is a welcome addition to
the local area, providing Plymouth with a state-of-the-art leisure
resource, an iconic facility for the city that diving sensation Tom
Daly calls home, built to inspire the next generation of British
The external design of this iconic project is what makes it
stand out against other leisure centres currently being built in
the UK. The aesthetic moves away from the traditional 'metal-box'
style design and use a more integrated blend of surfaces and
fabrics. Key to this was the use of Eurobond's Rainspan structural
support panel, tailor made for the use of rainscreens.
Rainspan's benefits in this kind of application are two-fold,
firstly when planning the build process Rainspan panels are
able to be quickly installed, creating a weathertight building
envelope and, more importantly, removing the rainscreen from the
critical path of the building process. Secondly all Rainspan panels
are manufactured to order at our facility in Cardiff, cut to
lengths to suit the project, ensuring that on site cutting and
therefore waste, is kept to an absolute minimum.
Rainspan's 'built-in' benefits are what really makes this
product so appealing for modern building solutions, the
non-combustible stone wool core can provide passive fire protection
of up to 2 hours (insulation & integrity) as well as allowing
fire-rated panels to span up to 7.5 metres between intermediary
supports, greatly reducing the need for secondary steel work and
keeping build times as efficient as possible.