The £15 million Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre development in Blackpool features an eco-friendly drainage system which has been incorporated into the play area and park around the scheme. It is thought to be the first sustainable urban drainage scheme (SuDS) in the country designed to be part of a play area.
Civil and structural engineering company BSP Consulting, of Pride Park, Derby, worked in association with Ashby de la Zouch developer LSP Developments and Tamworth architects West Hart Partnership Ltd on the Blackpool centre, a three-storey development that includes three GP surgeries, PCT outpatient services, as well as a library, gym and swimming pool.
The team previously worked together on a similar scheme at Freshney Green, Grimsby, which last year won the HealthInvestor Property of the Year Award.
“The scheme at the Blackpool development is particularly unusual because it contains no underground surface water drainage, so all the surface water run-off from roofs and hard-standing areas is managed above ground through a combination of ponds and ditches which take the water away from the building and allows it to dissipate into the park area beyond,” said structural engineer Paul Whittingham, BSP’s project manager for the scheme.
“Managing surface water run-off is critical to any development, and we are delighted to have been involved in what we believe is the first SuDs scheme that’s been integrated as part of the design of a play area and park.”
The SuDS scheme was designed by landscape architect Dave Singleton.
BSP Consulting, which also has offices in Nottingham, Leicester and Sheffield, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents.