04 June 2019

Health and Active Centre
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Project Details

Customer: Weston College

Value: £6.7 million

Duration: 48 weeks

Completion Date: April 2019

Contract Type: JCT Design & Build 2016

Procurement Type: Competitive tender - 2 stage

GIFA: 2,841m²

Framework Agreement: SCF



  • Supported six apprentices

  • BREEAM Excellent

  • Average CCS score 40

  • Diverted 100% of waste from landfill


Project Summary

Customer Brief:

The new Health and Active Living Centre, delivered for our loyal customers Weston College, brings together health and social care, sports therapy and active living subjects into one state-of-the-art facility. Midas constructed this bespoke facility within the Weston College Loxton campus, to the south of Weston-super-Mare.


The first of its kind in the region, the centre provides students and the public with access to modern facilities including a multi-use sports hall with provision for badminton, basketball – including retractable basketball hoops – netball and five-a-side football, plus an all-weather 3G sports pitch and a natural football pitch. The centre includes changing rooms, a reception and a café. Outside, Midas completed car parking, landscaping, lighting, fencing and access paths.


Aimed at sport, health and social care students, the three-storey centre features modern classrooms, sport science labs, a health therapy suite with separate clinic and therapy room and a six bed simulation ward including high-tech patient mannequins. The indoor sports hall, 3G pitch and cutting-edge simulation room are available for hire, benefiting the health and wellbeing of the community.


The customer gave the scheme a score of 92% in the satisfaction survey at project completion.



  • The client targeted the team with achieving BREEAM Excellent.

  • Meeting the client’s budget and funding requirements, completing all works and spending all allocated monies by the end of their financial year (01 April 2019).

  • Works on a site within a live college campus close to busy roads and nearby residential premises.

  • The building is in proximity to an environmentally sensitive area and close to a high risk water course.



  • The project successfully achieved BREEAM Excellent, enhancing the local ecology and delivering an energy-efficient building. The building features responsibly sourced materials and a solar PV array, and its design maximises natural ventilation using wind catchers and effective insulation that surpasses air tightness and air leakage rate regulation requirements. Midas commissioned significant ecological surveys at the start of the project, which identified a bat foraging route on site. The team protected this by keeping established trees, safeguarding them with fencing and root protection, and by directing site and permanent lighting away from the route with a curfew on lighting. Midas installed four bat boxes and formed a wildlife corridor with the landscaping, which features native tree and shrub species. The team completing boundary planting in addition to the contracted landscaping works. The site harvested rainwater for reuse in boot and tool washing and provided permanent bicycle storage.

  • Midas worked simultaneously on two projects for Weston College – the Health and Active Living Centre and the Construction Skills Centre. Midas led collective subcontractor coordination meetings; worked to short term programmes to hit deadlines; maintained regular communication with suppliers, subcontractors and the client; and effectively selected subcontractors to ensure a suitable team that delivered on time, fulfilling the terms of the funding provision. In order to meet the client’s budget requirements, Midas completed an early, extensive and effective best value review, providing design and material amendments to make the projects financially viable. Midas delivered £675k (10.1% of the budget) of best practice and added value savings, including: rationalising the building size and revising the layouts to save £146k; amending roofing and capping materials to save £70k; and increasing the use of the structural steel framing system, including amending the staircase from precast concrete to steel, to save £55k. Midas conducted stakeholder engagement exercises, working with the college and modular manufacturers to deliver a cost-effective solution without compromising the quality of the finish.

  • The team effectively managed works on a live college campus by implementing a bespoke traffic management plan and installing hoarding and fencing to safely separate our works. Given the busy nature of adjacent roads, Midas set parking restrictions on the area and employed a vehicle controller to supervise deliveries and access. The site appointed an acoustician to carry out a noise impact testing; monitored light, noise and dust pollution, with vibration monitors placed along the site boundary; and used a dedicated and screened cutting zone.

  • Midas liaised with the North Somerset Levels Internal Drainage Board to manage the risk presented by the nearby rhynes – drainage ditches used as local flood management systems – and to secure a licence to work within nine metres of these watercourses. Midas ensured the rhynes remained clear throughout the works by managing surface water through an efficient drainage design, using silt busters to filter all water sent off site and by highlighting drainage routes and their risks during site inductions.


    Added Value:

    The site employed 60% local labour, with 82% of total firms on site being small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Midas used local resources wherever possible with 47.3% of the SMEs based within 30 miles of the site.


    Midas worked to the Employment and Skills Plan, delivering eight work placements; creating 13 jobs with the National Skills Academy for Construction; supporting ten Construction Careers Information, Advice & Guidance Events; and supporting the achievement of 40 NVQs and industry certifications. Representatives from Midas attended local careers events and the project had  over 100 students from Weston College and the Positive Steps project attend the site over five visits.


    The team collected food on site for donation to a local food bank, and donated unwanted wooden pallets to neighbours. The team also contacted a local financial institution who agreed to offer free financial aid consultations to the community, with Midas welfare offices available for these meetings. Midas arranged for the return of rescued ducks to the local rhynes and retained 10,000m³ of excavated materials on site for reuse in creation of the sports pitch and in landscaping.

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