Stockport's sports fans carry on having fun thanks to Spaciotempo's temporary hall
athletes whose sports hall has been bulldozed to make way for new
homes are still able to enjoy their favourite activities after
Spaciotempo UK supplied an interim sports facility until a permanent
replacement is built.
this year the popular Dialstone Centre in Stockport, Cheshire, was
closed to make way for a new residential development, with a new
sports centre set to be built as part of a new community hub complex
planned for a neighbouring site and due to be opened in 2014.
time lapse between one centre closing and its replacement being built
meant that the Dialstone Centre's owners, Stockport Metropolitan
Borough Council, had to find an alternative to ensure that users did
not have to travel elsewhere or had to give up their favourite
answer lay with a 700sqm semi-permanent sports hall, which
Spaciotempo erected just half a kilometre away on the premises of
Offerton High School, which closed down this summer.
next to an adjoining building offering changing facilities and a gym,
the hall is large enough to house four badminton courts but is used
for a range of activities including five-a-side football, gymnastics,
Zumba and children's holiday camps.
using an anodised aluminium frame in-filled with steel-clad sandwich
panels, it is 8.6m tall at the ridge, has a semi-translucent
thermo-inflated roof, heating and an adjoining 100sqm storage
Dialstone Centre is run by Life Leisure, which is the trading name of
Stockport Sports Trust, a not-for-profit organisation which operates
sports facilities on behalf of the council.
Child, manager of the Dialstone Centre, said that the hall is now
well-used by local residents from toddlers all the way up to people
in their 80s.
said: "With the closure of the previous centre, we needed a
sports hall that was temporary and not too expensive and that is
exactly what we've got.
is very similar to the dimensions of the last sports hall and we have
seen a lot of customers from the previous centre come along and
continue their sport instead of having to go elsewhere."
Jameson, director of sales at Spaciotempo, said: "The Olympics
have given sport in this country a huge shot in the arm and we are
very pleased that our building means that the community in Offerton
isn't missing out on taking part.
a great example of how temporary buildings not only provide an
affordable stop-gap, but offer a sturdy and good-sized accommodation
that will more than meet their needs while their new premises are