Huddersfield Leisure Centre

Protecting Best Value to Deliver Flagship Facilities

A £36m leisure centre is delivering best value for its developer from the roof down….

The new Huddersfield Leisure Centre, being built by BAM for Kirklees Council, will benefit the health & wellbeing of the local people, the environment, largely through the choice of its roofing: a combination of 6500m2 of Protan SE prefabricated single ply membrane, and 1500m2 of Protan’s ProGreen green roof system.

“The ecology requirements and local area prompted the choice of single ply and green roofing,” explained roofing contractor Roofdec’s Bob Richardson. “A fully bonded system was specified for the single ply element, but it was agreed to use a prefabricated system instead, not only on the single ply roof, but the green roof. This would meet the high performance criteria dictated by the exposed location and size of the roof, which an adhered system would struggle to comply with. It would also be as cost-effective, quicker to install, and minimize on-site wastage.”

A council spokesperson said: "The area of green roof was chosen so that it would be aesthetically pleasing for people living in neighbouring homes which overlook this area of the development.

"Grey water recycling will be used for the toilets at the leisure centre. This sustainable feature offers reduced mains water consumption and environmental impact."

Protan’s prefabricated system uses Protan SE single ply membrane, which has been developed to withstand even the harshest weather conditions found in Europe, and is proven to perform for 30 years. The membrane is factory-welded to order, with Protan’s in-house Proplan software calculating the most efficient usage of material to minimise waste.

Studies show that Protan’s innovative prefabricated roof process can cut welding by up to 70%: on a typical 10000m2 roof: equivalent to 60 hours’ LESS labour and its associated cost. Yet the Protan prefabricated system is cost-competitive with standard single ply roof membrane, even before the latter’s welding costs are factored in.

The green roof uses Protan ProGreen membrane as a base, and is then covered with growth medium. Protan prefabricated the green roof membrane too for Roofdec, enabling more efficient use of material and labour on site.

A spokesperson for Kirkless Council added, “Managed by Kirklees Active Leisure, It will be a flagship centre, with  two sports halls, swimming pool, fitness suite, climbing wall, squash courts, martial arts….the biggest and best leisure centre in the area.”