New US$40m hybrid sports facility constructed in Northern Ireland


A state-of-the-art multiuse sports hall and leisure facility has been constructed in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.

The new Dairy Hall Leisure Center is an ultra-modern hybrid offering, with a six-court sports hall, designed, manufactured and constructed by Rubb Buildings, that is able to accommodate a diverse range of sports for schools, local sports organizations, and the community.

Constructed from a galvanized steel framework, which helps eliminate corrosion, the frame is covered in a translucent UPVC fabric cladding, allowing natural sunlight to illuminate the playing area.
The steel frame of the multisports building is constructed within a 3m high traditional brick perimeter wall which transitions seamlessly with the Rubb fabric sports hall cladding and the main conventional building.

The sports building measures 43m wide by 59m long, and is able to host badminton, basketball, football, gymnastics, netball, tennis, trampolining and volleyball among others, as well as providing inclement weather cover training facilities in the winter months. In the summer, it will host sport classes and has the ability to also accommodate larger individual events.

To support multi sports, the Rubb team called upon their experience to design and install internal rebound boards and a full netting system, including court dividers. Completing the exterior of the facility, the Rubb construction team installed gutters, down pipes and vents. As part of the project Rubb also supplied and installed a mechanical ventilation system to create an optimum playing environment.

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