Action Sports Facility for Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals
Scottish Canals | 2019 | Glasgow

Borron Street Skatepark

idverde were appointed as the Principal Contractor for site strip-out, replacement, structural work, multi-trade installation and construction of a 29,600 ft2  action-sports facility as part of Scottish Canal’s  leisure regeneration programme.

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The Project

The contract for Scottish Canals was to repair the fabric of former empty warehouse at Borron Street, construct an indoor skatepark and raised gymnasium and fit out a café and facilities. Situated opposite the Pinkston Watersports facility, this development builds on the recreational facilities in the local area. This project involved working in partnership with skateboard park specialists, Vision Ramps, to develop a bespoke specification for the facility and the management of 15 subcontractors, each delivering different trades.

Our Role

idverde carried out a range of services including:

  • Removal of old iron gates and gated windows and replacement
  • Stripping out of redundant services
  • Removal of existing roof at “The Loading Bay”
  • New roof replacement
  • Breaking down of existing walls, installing structural support, to open up areas
  • Structural repairs to failing brick walls
  • Remedial waterproofing works and replacement of gutters and downpipes
  • Bespoke design and in-situ preparation for the construction of 9,600ft2 birch skate ramps, 10,400ft2 skate street-plaza, a training gymnasium comprising skate ramp, trampolines, foam pits and gymnastic flooring.
  • Fit out of a 6,000ft2 reception hub and cafeteria
  • Installation of CCTV, PA system and Fire Alarm System
  • Installation of gas and electric services
  • Drainage works and waterproofing works
  • Painting throughout
  • Construction, fit out, plumbing and lighting in bathrooms, changing rooms and shower rooms

The Challenges

The key aspect of successful delivery was the integration, programming and management of multiple contractors, at the busiest point seeing in excess of 30 operatives on site at one time.

During preparation for the removal of existing roof, our team identified asbestos, requiring the implementation of an approved methodology using competent/qualified personnel.

Ineffective drainage installed as part of the construction of a neighbouring car park above the building had resulted in extensive water penetration and internal flooding, for which we provided short and long term solution proposals.  We carried our proprietary work to divert the water away from the internal structure, as a course of temporary measures.

Once removal of the existing roof was completed, several days of unseasonal rain occurred causing flooding into the skate plaza. This required remedial action to prevent water penetration into the front area of main skateboard park and the reception & cafeteria area was under construction.  We provided measures to divert the rainwater, including preventing penetration into the floor structure and newly constructed apparatus.

10,400ft2 skate street-plaza
Street plaza skate area – beneath the surface
Structural Alterations
Construction of the trampoline area
New roofing
Refurb of exterior of building: Carbon fibre sheeting and paintwork