The first permanent beach sports venue in the uk
In 2004/5 Brighton & Hove City Council offered to lease a seafront site to competing firms prepared to build and operate a recreational facility on the beach at Kemp Town. A local firm, 'Yellowave', won the competition with a design by R H Partnership Architects for a sand-based beach sports centre off Madeira Drive halfway between the Palace Pier and the Marina.
An imported sand beach provides six volleyball courts, with layout flexibility to form two 5-a-side beach soccer or rugby pitches or one international beach soccer pitch. Supporting facilities include a café, changing rooms, a family forecourt and a climbing wall. Activities are offered for all ages and abilities from beginners to professionals, a range covering private individuals, schools and local sports groups and Olympic training.
'The Jabhouse Building System used comprises Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) creating a structural shell'
The main building is constructed with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) and glulam beams, to create a sustainable and attractive building.
The Jabhouse Building System used comprises Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) creating a structural shell with ancillary items such as first and second floors (floor cassettes), internal stud walls and a roof system capable of providing a room in the clear roof space. In this particular project the Jabhouse system was employed in the construction of the sports facility's changing room, cafe and administration centre.
The quick erection time associated with the SIPS panels ensured a watertight shell in minimal time – particularly useful in an exposed beachfront location, Additionally the relatively lightweight structure minimised the foundation requirements.