Project leader announced for Sheffield’s Ponds Forge revamp

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Project management specialist Mascot Management has been appointed to handle the multi-million pound refurbishment of Sheffield’s flagship Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

The company has been appointed project managers, quantity surveyors, and construction, design and management (CDM) coordinator for a full refurbishment of the gym. This includes an expansion of the free weights area and upgrade of the reception area, members’ changing rooms, pool changing and group changing rooms.

Dennis Makey, director of Mascot Management, said: “The refurbishment is an important milestone for us and we are excited to be working with Sheffield City Trust (SCT), which has a portfolio of high profile facilities across the city. This body of work will see our team utilise several of its core services working in collaboration with SCT’s design team to complete the refurbishment according to schedule and budget.”

It is the first contract the firm has been awarded by SCT, which is responsible for Ponds Forge and more than a dozen other city leisure facilities.

The refurbishment includes an upgrade to the team and competition pool, members’ changing areas will be re-fitted with upgraded showers and lockers and a spa including sauna and steam room facilities. It will also see the opening of an expanded state-of-the-art gym including the latest fitness equipment, a new spinning studio and changing rooms. Work is scheduled for completion in October 2015.

Martin Crookes, head of facilities at Sheffield International Venues, which operates Ponds Forge on behalf of SCT, described the revamp as a “huge step forward.”