Britcon completes extension for local authority outdoor learning centre

Britcon has completed the design and build of a new £720k accommodation building as part of an extension to an award winning outdoor learning centre in Ilkley for Bradford City Council.

Nell Bank is a local authority outdoor education centre in Bradford, where children of all ages and abilities can enjoy learning in the outdoors.  Standing in a 17-acre site, with the River Wharfe at its southern boundary and Middleton Woods to the north, the Centre is a popular venue for outdoor and environmental education amongst schools and community groups with capacity to cater for all ages and abilities.

Conceived in 1977 by the then Lord Mayor of Bradford, Paul Hockney, as part of his Appeal, the Centre is now administered by Bradford City Council on behalf of the trustees of the Nell Bank Silver Jubilee Trust.

In response to expansion plans drawn up in 2014, Britcon was commissioned to provide a new facility to extend capacity for overnight accommodation at the popular centre.

Britcon has delivered a new dormitory block allowing space for64 beds with living space and shower/toilet facilities.  It utilised the Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS) which is timber clad for maximum insulation and energy efficiency.

Ian Chapman, contracts manager at Britcon, said:

“SIPS is a modern method of construction often used for domestic build projects.   It is a highly efficient and eco-friendly system that will prove cost effective in the longer term and also looks attractive with a full height glazed feature incorporated to the entrance way to the stepped site.”

Dan Goodey, centre manager at Nell Bank, said:

“We are delighted with the project, both inside and out. It has been challenging for Britcon due to the ‘live’ nature of the site and the need for continuity of learning from our part but the team has delivered an excellent new residential facility for the centre”

Other leisure projects completed by Britcon in the region include, Tropical World Leeds, Peoples Park in Grimsby, Caravan Club at Bridlington, the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for Cleethorpes and infrastructure for rides at Flamingo Land.