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Elliott Completes Sports Hall Ahead Of Schedule

Elliott Completes Sports Hall Ahead Of Schedule

Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions has created a new multi-purpose sports hall for Presdales School in Ware, Hertfordshire.


The 34 week programme was completed four weeks ahead of schedule, using the company’s hybrid construction system.


The client, Hertfordshire County Council, has been delighted with the speed of construction and quality of the completed building. The innovative hybrid construction system enabled work to continue through snow, hail, wind and rain, with the building being fittingly opened by Olympic heptathlete, Julie Hollman on 1st March 2010.


This project, together with a similar sports hall at Highfields School in Harpenden completed at the same time, provided another opportunity for Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions to build on its long association with Mace and Hertfordshire County Council.


Mace recognised that Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions' innovative hybrid construction techniques can reduce the overall build programme by as much as 50 per cent, compared with conventionally constructed buildings. Mace has specified the system on a number of Hertfordshire County Council’s educational buildings over the last five years, including the two most recent projects.


Design of the sports hall at Presdales School was completed from RIBA stage D by the Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions in-house design team. The company also provided complete project management on site, through to handover.


The 600m² multi-sports hall consists of four courts designed in accordance with Sport England standards. It used Elliott’s steel frame construction with masonry infill panels and barrel-vaulted roof. Adjoining the sports hall is a single-storey 400m² changing and shower facility, which was created using a timber frame construction system.


The external façade of the building was finished with a monocouche render to the front elevations, together with brickwork and cedar cladding to the hall elevations.


As part of the sports hall project, Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions created several external sports pitches and a car park, along with landscaping services.


“We are delighted with our new sports hall,” said Miss Janine Robinson, headmistress of Presdales School. “It has provided our school with a modern sports facility that will provide future generations of school children with a great place to carry out a wide range of sporting activities.”


Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions has over 45 years of delivering innovative off-site design and build solutions and is able to help clients achieve BREEAM ratings of ‘Excellent’ and carbon neutrality.


For more information on Elliott Off-Site Building Solutions, visit: or call: 01274 863221. Alternatively, email:

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