Case Studies Eversley Sports Association

A state of the art indoor training facility for Eversley Cricket Club When Cemex applied for permission to extract 650,000 tonnes of sand and gravel from land at Eversley, little did the community know it would result in an outstanding sports facility. Eversley Cricket Club had formed an alliance with the Eversley and California Football Club in 2002 to create Eversley Sports Association, which formally became a charity in 2009. Following completion of the excavation and reinstatement, Cemex made the land available to the Association, allowing both clubs to reassess their position and plan for the future. A £1.5 million investment later, the first two phases of their decided project were complete. Phase one included eight new football pitches, a cricket square, and a changing block. Phase two, much to the delight of the cricket club, was a brand new state-of-the-art indoor cricket facility. All cricket clubs aspire to an indoor training facility and that aspiration was to become a reality for Eversley. The club wanted the best their money could buy; a structure with lighting, flooring, and netting, all of a superior standard. If they were going to do it, they wanted to do it right! Money was sourced from various funding bodies including local authorities, district and parish councils, and local businesses – plus a large grant from the now-defunct National Sports Foundation (now part of Sport England), with the balance being raised through fundraising by the club. From a financial standpoint a traditional brick build was unachievable, so the search commenced for an alternative. It was the tensile refurbishment of the Ageas Bowl, formally the Rose Bowl in Hampshire, which prompted the team to investigate the benefits of clear span tension membrane buildings. After a little research the club were introduced to Collinson, national specialists in tensile facilities. The club visited other sites supplied, erected, and fit out by Collinson and were impressed by what they saw and heard. After working with the Collinson team to figure out the best specification