Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

Borras’ General Contracts team have completed the design and build of a new community centre in Broughton for Milton Keynes Council.

  • Project Type: Commercial Solar PV
  • Location: Milton Keynes
  • Estimated Annual Generation: 19,422kWh per annum.

The works included the removal of the existing top soil from the playing field to accommodate sub-structure, concrete plank floors and a timber frame structure.

The cross laminated timber structure (CLT) allowed for the design process to be accelerated with internal fixtures and fittings, including windows and doors, being produced as made to measure.

All aspects of the design associated with the CLT structure had to be accounted for at an early stage of the works as these were designed into the CLT frame to ensure that every BWIC hole and socket was cut/chased in the factory prior to delivery.

The structure was produced by our timber frame specialists and took six weeks to manufacture. As a result works including the creation of a new car park and access road were formed prior to work commencing on the timber structure of the pavilion.

During the school holidays, Borras Construction in conjunction with Milton Keynes Council held an Open Day for local residents which included a family world picnic, outdoor games and activities on the playing field opposite the Broughton Pavilion site.

The Open Day was attended by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris, who had the honour of burying a time capsule on the site. The capsule was filled with drawings by local children and photos from residents. The burial of the time capsule was used to celebrate the progress of the site works.

Internally, the pavilion comprises:

  • A sports hall which will be used predominantly as a badminton court
  • A community hall for discos and other events
  • Office and reception areas A new kitchen New toilet blocks
  • Changing facilities for teams playing football/cricket on the adjacent playing fields
  • The project is currently going through a BREEAM assessment and is expected to receive a rating of Excellent.

A series of measures were put into place to reduce the running costs of the pavilion including:

  • Saving energy through the use of solar panels
  • Reducing the amount of water used by introducing low flow shower heads and taps, underground rainwater tanks and dual flush toilets
  • Using air source heat pumps for the heating system
  • The project was completed on time and on budget and registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme scoring a very good 34 points.