21 December 2018
ISG, along with partners GLL, Gardiner & Theobald, Space and Place and Waltham Forest Council, recently held an open day at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, a project delivered by the business in 2016.
Built to replace the out-dated 1960s Waltham Forest Leisure Centre, the £25 million state-of-the-art Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre is one of four leisure projects ISG has delivered for GLL as part of a framework agreement.
ISG carried out both the demolition of the existing facility and construction of the new centre, which was built on the original site.
The project aim was to raise the standard of facilities to encourage increased participation in sport and fitness, while bringing the community closer together by being more inclusive.
To celebrate the success of the new centre, ISG and partners invited guests to an open day to showcase the new facilities.
Attendees had the opportunity to hear about the centre’s development from each partner and their insights on how to deliver a successful project.
Joyce Guthrie, head of sports and leisure, families and homes, represented Waltham Forest Council and discussed the council’s approach to the project and their strong partnership with ISG and architect, Space and Place.
GLL partnership manager, Emma Norsworthy, highlighted why the centre required a much-needed change, the effects it would have on the estate as a whole and how the aim was to make this GLL’s flagship facility.
ISG divisional director, Eamonn Wall, discussed the project in detail, along with the other three schemes completed as part of the framework with Waltham Forest Council.
He summarised the challenges presented by the project, and the added value achieved through a true partnership approach.
Gardiner & Theobald’s Craig McLellan spoke about its vision for the project and the collaboration involved, while Mark Thomas of Space and Place took guests through the design strategy for the Feel Good Centre, to encourage further participation and inclusiveness.
The presentations were followed by a tour of the stunning facilities and a networking lunch to finish.
Eamonn Wall said: “It has been fantastic to come back and see the centre doing so well.
“It’s a great testament to GLL and their high standards in the running of the centre – it looks like we only handed it over last week!
“It has also been really good to hear from our partners and hear how a collaborative approach helped us to deliver such a successful project.”
ISG has many successes when it comes to working on leisure projects across the country.
Over the last seven years it has worked across almost 30 leisure projects for local authorities, including four projects with Serco for Birmingham City Council, in addition to its private sector experience and £300 million worth of work across 120 Olympic venues from 2009 to 2012.