Every task on a major construction project has to be exact, but when creating a pool for official swimming competitions, the margins for error are almost non-existent.
Our pool could not be 1mm less than 25m in length, and was allowed to be a maximum of 10mm longer.
“There were stages where you could adjust – after concrete, after render or finally after tiling – but all involve rework, which costs time and money,” says Sutcliffe. “We have just checked the finished tiled pool and we are between 3mm and 7mm over so bang where we wanted to be.”
Mechanical and electrical work is now well underway on the non-swimming areas of the building, and will move onto commissioning the pool filtration systems once the pools are filled with water in January. Building information modelling
has been used to smooth the complex M&E job, with design manager Richard Beaumont overseeing much of this work.
“The building has a massive steel frame with precast and concrete elements as well as M&E pipes and wires so it was very important to make sure it all fitted together,” says Sutcliffe.
As well as all the design, planning and co-ordination work, Sutcliffe credits a willingness to seek out expert advice as a critical factor in the scheme’s success thus far.
“My last job was for Humberside Police
, where I was learning about the requirements of custody cells and Home Office regulations,” he says. “Then I’m here with the majority of the same team trying to become a specialist in swimming pools.
“The key is listening to the experts around you. We made three trips to Scotland to learn from our BAM colleagues who have recently built a number of pools, including one at Linwood. We also got specialist sub-contractors on board very early to make sure we could draw on their knowledge.
“Overall BAM has shown on this project just what an advantage our collaborative style of working represents. Whether with the client or a sub-contractor, we work with everyone to ensure the best outcome for the job.”
BAM is programmed to complete the project in May.