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Dinton Activity Centre

Bridges | Modular | Leisure
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Design ID were appointed to undertake the design of the activity centre substructure, sports hall superstructure, new footbridge and two level external timber terrace for the first net zero carbon (operational energy use) building for Wokingham Council, supporting the Council’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.

We delivered value to the Client and Contractor by rationalising the substructure scheme, originally proposed as a reinforced raft slab within preliminary design, to discrete pad foundations to save circa 50% of embodied carbon.

The Centre is a two-storey modular building and sports hall which offers a variety of water and land based activities to the local community. In 2021 the building featured on the Local Government Association (LGA) stand at the COP26 exhibition

We worked alongside the Architect and modular Contractor to produce the optimal module arrangement to suit the site challenges to minimise the location of columns within circulation space. The module plan dimensions and heights were rationalised to minimise the number of bay types and reduce waste in the factory through standardisation of structural components. Future re-use, adaptability of space and de-construction was also considered should client need change

The project was completed to BIM Level 2 which allowed the coordination of all designs within Navisworks and clash detection to be undertaken on a weekly basis. The use of Revit/Navisworks ensured the design was as efficient as possible to assist with project cost and programme. Additionally, the models ensured limited on-site wastage and assisted the Contractor with detailed understanding of requirements at an early design stage.

Client/Contractor: Reds10

Architect: HLM Architects

Photographer: Pippa Tanko -

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