Case Studies

Eversley cricket club Indoor training centre When Cemex applied for permission to extract 650,000 tonnes of sand and gravel from land at Eversley, little did the community know that it would ultimately result in them creating an outstanding sports facility, dramatically increasing the resources available to the local community and beyond. Eversley Cricket Club formed an alliance with the Eversley and California Football Club creating Eversley Sports Association in 2002, once excavation and reinstatement was complete Cemex made the land available to the association allowing both clubs to reassess their position and plan for the future. Following an investment of circa £1.5 million the first two phases of the project are now complete, phase one included eight new football pitches, a cricket square and a changing block with phase 2, much to the delight of the Cricket Club, was a brand new state of the art indoor cricket facility. All cricket clubs aspire to having 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 superior lighting, flooring, netting all done to a very high standard, if they were going to do it they wanted to do it right! Money was sourced from various funding bodies with the balance being raised through a lot of hard work fund raising by the club themselves. Financially a traditional brick build was unachievable so the search commenced for an alternative. It was the refurbishment of the Ageas Bowl, formally the Rose Bowl in Hampshire, and the inclusion of tension membrane coverings which prompted the team to investigate the benefits of clear span tension membrane buildings. After a little research, it was at this point the club were introduced to Collinson plc, suppliers of, amongst other solutions, tensile sports facilities.