The Westfield football project is the third Parklife football facility to be created in Sheffield as part of a national partnership with the FA, along with sites at Sheffield Graves and Thorncliffe.

The project was split in to two main areas – the main building and a 124-space car park with disabled access spaces delivered by Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands – with sports provided delivered by a specialist contractor.

With over 800 football teams in Sheffield, the majority of which are junior and youth teams, this project was classed as an important addition to the city for sports participation, community activity and associated health benefits.

Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands built a 1500m2, two-storey pavilion split over two floors. The building includes a coaching and education space, kitchen and bar area, and changing facilities on the ground floor, as well as a gym and fitness studio on the first floor.

 

The main building

The main building is built into an embankment with the floor area covering approximately 1500m2. 

With the back elevation being an insitu concrete retaining wall at ground level with access and egress at level 1 leading out to the top of the embankment. Steel frame construction with pcc first floor slab & structural screed, purlins & metal deck roof, with the external facade being a metsec frame, facing brickwork at ground level and timber cladding at level 1. There was also curtain walling within the frame. The roof was a Sarna roof incorporating a green roof.

 

The changing rooms inside feature tiled shower areas with hygienic clad walls and vinyl floors while underfloor heating was part of the mechanical and electrcal strategy on both floors, with air source heat pumps used due to the lack of a gas supply and gas boilers.

 

“As home to the world’s oldest football club, it is only fitting that Sheffield should be leading the way nationally with this."

Councillor Mary Lea, Sheffield City Council

 

She added: “The overarching aim is to halt the decline in football and turn it from a sport that requires subsidy into one that generates surplus. We also want to invest in future facilities and the development of the sport. Football is Sheffield’s biggest team sport with over 800 teams, the majority of which are junior and youth teams. It is significant for sports participation, community activity and associated health benefits. This partnership with the FA is a great thing for our city. I’m delighted to see this grassroots scheme moving forward.”

 

Additional project information

As well as constructing the main building and car park at the facility, we also had to widen the main road for better access routes for site.

More street lighting was incorporated into the site and we also created a crossing point. Finally, we took on the role of landscaping – at an additional cost – that included a large area in which grass and trees were added, as well as habitats for wildlife.

 

Robertson in the community

In addition to the main project in the construction of the building and car park, Robertson also delivered a number of other aspects in the community, including:

This further demonstrates our commitment to bring lasting value to the communities we serve.

The ground breaking at the Isobel Bowler Sports Ground pavilion in Sheffield.
 

The overall project cost was met through a mix of funding from Sheffield City Council, the Football Association, the Football Foundation and Sport England. The centre is operated by Pulse Fitness, which also manages the football hubs at Graves and Thorncliffe.

Images: © Football Foundationy

 

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