New sports and community centre in Peterborough

The council chamber at Peterborough Town Hall
The council chamber at Peterborough Town Hall
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A new state of the art sports and community centre is set to be built on the Cardea estate in Peterborough.

Peterborough City Council is working with empa – the East Midlands Property Alliance – which operates across the wider East Midlands area, including Peterborough.

The aim of empa, which was formed by local authorities and is managed by Scape, is to improve the procurement and delivery of construction projects and property maintenance for public sector bodies saving time and money for them and in turn for council taxpayers.

The new Cardea facility will serve the new housing estate to the south of Peterborough and can be used by sports and community groups.

Work on the project, which will provide a boost for local residents with sports facilities, changing rooms, a meeting room, community room, kitchen, storage, toilets and car parking facilities, is due to start in August, 2015.

Brian Howard of Peterborough City Council said: “empa provided the flexibility we needed to meet the project’s tight deadline. By directly awarding the contract to Clegg we are able to deliver the pavilion to the community on time.

“empa has given the city council another option to be able to deliver capital projects from the market, and so far so good.”

Ross Crowcroft, pre-construction director at Clegg Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working with new empa client Peterborough City Council, but the authority is by no means new to early contractor involvement.

“Having met with the local authority to discuss the strategic elements of early contractor involvement we were able to discuss each other’s approach to procurement and delivery and then shape the best way forward to achieve the client’s objectives.

“The scheme is ideal for benefitting from empa as there was early contractor involvement right from the inception of the project brief.”

Alan Coole, head of empa, said: “The new sports pavilion will provide a significant boost for Peterborough, meeting the needs of the local community by serving the new housing estate to the south of the city.

“We were delighted when Peterborough City Council confirmed its support for empa which now enables it to use our framework partners for project delivery across any type of public sector building.”

Work by empa covers all types of public sector buildings, including schools, FE colleges, universities, housing, NHS, care homes, leisure facilities, libraries and more.

empa operates across the wider East Midlands region covering city and county areas in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and in Peterborough, Solihull, Coventry and Staffordshire Moorlands.

Work on the new pavilion in Peterborough is due to finish in spring, 2016.