Take a modern approach to your new sports facility
Challenger™ tensile sports facilities are constructed from a steel-framed superstructure and covered with a heavy duty architectural membrane to provide a light, bright environment that's perfect for sporting venues.
With a range of options on internal layout, the Challenger™ tensile structure provides an innovative solution for both multi-sport, sport specific, and leisure facilities.
Sizes are available to cover anything from a single tennis court up to a full size football pitch.
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- j Natural Daylight - The architectural tensile membrane covering allows sun light to permeate into the building to create a pleasant, light and airy feel. The uniformity and amount of diffused light ensures occupants don't suffer from glare whilst reliance on artificial lighting during daylight hours is significantly reduced making Challenger™ a more energy efficient building
- j Exciting Design - Choose from a range of structural design options or we will create a bespoke building design to create an eye catching and visually interesting building
- j Wide, Clear Span - All Challenger™ buildings utilise our clear span steel superstructure, capable of spans of 80+ metres. Buildings are CE Marked and designed in accordance with UK Building regulations
- j Customisation - In addition to the tensile membrane covering you can select from a range of secondary materials such as glazing, aluminium, steel or timber cladding to enhance the appearance, security or to achieve your own preferred appearance
- j Ancillary Accommodation - Its more than just a sports hall, internally Challenger™ can accommodate ancillary rooms allowing everything to be under one roof with changing rooms, shower facilities, fitness suites, offices and viewing balconies popular choices to complete the new facility
- j Building Services - With a range of options on ventilation & environmental control systems the Challenger™ will help reduce your carbon footprint and energy overheads whilst complying with building regulations
- j Flooring & Equipment - With an extensive selection of sports surfaces and equipment to choose from, the facility is designed from the inside out to ensure the facility is equipped ready to use
Freman College, Multi use Sports Facility
Client: Freman College, Buntingford, Hertfordshire
Scope of work: Design and build 4 court Challenger multi sport facility with integrated changing rooms, classrooms, fitness suite, spectator zone and office.
Dimensions: 69m x 22m x 10m
Eirias Park, Multi use Indoor Centre
Client: Wynne Construction
Site Location: Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay
Scope of work: Design, supply and installation of Challenger™ building
Dimensions: 35m x 33x x 11m
‘We were familiar with the tensile building construction method and knew it offered excellent value for money. We also placed great value on Collinson’s experience in this sector, they guided us through the many decisions necessary and we were able to trust their advice in unfamiliar territory, such as acoustics and air handling throughout the building, their experience has been pivotal to the build’s success’.Andrew Brown, Bursar, St Neot's Preparatory School
York St John University is my second scheme working Collinson on a tensile sports facility and again they proved to be an excellent sub-contractor completing the works to a high standard, on time and within budget. I find them to be pro-active, friendly and approachable and wouldn’t hesitate in using them againYork St John - Mark Harvey, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Triton Construction Ltd
"As the Bursar of an expanding school, I recognised that we had a need for increased capacity within our indoor sporting facilities and it was my job to deliver this. I was familiar with the Challenger hall and knew it would provide a superb and cost effective solution that met our criteria for providing a large multi-use games area. I was happy to appoint Collinson as the main contractor for the works – and put simply, they delivered an excellent job, managing all aspects of the build whilst the School continued to operate as normal."Anthony Glasgow, Bursar, Strathallan School
Surf Snowdonia was a fast-paced, commercially critical project and we needed to select a delivery partner for our tensile building who could not only work autonomously but who we were confident could produce the right quality product in a timescale fit our tight programme. Collinson achieved this and helped deliver the world’s first stadium surfing venue.Gavin Garner, Director, WCP Associates
The team demonstrated a strong passion for quality with good systems in place for accepting various elements of work with any non-conformities being swiftly rectified.
The site teams themselves were all hard working and dedicated team players that were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with Collinson again in the future.Steve Lee, - Project Manager, Kier Group
Throughout the contract Collinson were diligent and professional in their approach to their works within a live school environment. The site team respected the school environment that they were in, which was evident by the consistent standard of PPE worn by all operatives and maintenance of plant and equipment.
The very narrow site access was shared with the school but with good planning and site controls all deliveries went like clockwork. All risk assessments, method statements, safe systems of works and fit for work certification were produced on time.
'Collinson are by far the best company we have ever worked with, we were barely aware that a new building was undergoing construction. Antony, the project manager held regular meetings to keep us up to to date on progress. The attention to detail on the financial tracking side of the project was spot on and ensured the project was delivered on time, and within budget.’A cost effective sport and teaching hub for Chauncy School - Wendy Bremner, Business Manager, Chauncy School
"The success of the new facility has attracted the interest of all the sports teams on the Island, after only opening three months ago every sports team on the island have used the new facility, with some travelling up to an hour each way to train in the excellent facilities. Coaches, parents and children alike are finding it fantastic environment to work and train in."David Wagstaffe, Shetland Recreational Trust
“We were so impressed by the design team, they tailored our facility bespoke to our every need. They shared their experience to offer new possibilities that we hadn’t even considered”Mrs Sam Allan, Business Manager, Freman College, Buntingford, Hertfordshire
"We are more than happy with our fantastic new facility! It brings the students a wealth of opportunities to try new sports which is a great benefit to the College."Marie Black, Business Manage, St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool
"We now have a top-class building that delivers a superb facility for cricket in our area. It is truly a centre of excellence and we have achieved something all cricket clubs aspire to."Alan Budge, Vice Chairman Eversley Indoor Cricket Facility, Eversley, Hampshire
“An outstanding facility”Devon Malcolm - former England cricketer
"I am very proud of what we have here and I know Collinson are too, people say would I use Collinson again, definitely, I would also highly recommend them, we had an honest relationship and the result, an outstanding facility which offers the boys a wealth of opportunities"Andrew Francis, Estates and Finance Manager, Aysgarth School, North Yorkshire
"Collinson minimised any disruption to the program and did an outstanding job with planning the sequencing of work and handling the logistics. Health and Safety was firmly integrated into their work practice and always evident on site. I would recommend their participation in any construction process”Christopher Wynne - Christopher Wynne, Wynne Construction, Principle Contractor for Parc Eirias, Cardiff
“The new Rugby Academy at Parc Eirias was a very challenging project taking place within extremely tight timescales. Collinson consistently demonstrated a professional and collaborative way of working throughout the process from tender to completion. They established good communication channels between all the parties involved"Christopher Wynne - Wynne Construction, Principal Contractor for Parc Eirias, Cardiff
“We have been delighted with all aspects of our new sports hall. Collinson have been highly professional throughout and have delivered a sports hall that is remarkable value for money. I would fully recommend Collinson to any school that is considering a new sports facility”Phil Grace - Headteacher, St Bede's High School, Lytham St Annes
"The completed MugaCova is marvellous! It is in constant use and a great asset to the school. Having a covered games area gives the sports staff the extra flexibility they needed when doing PE and games during bad weather. The build quality is excellent and all who use it are impressed - the overall appearance of the Mugacova only serves to enhance our site and facilities”Mick Bold - Facilities Manager, The Charter School, London
“We are all delighted with our new sports hall. From start to finish Collinson have been a truly professional company to work with and have delivered our project on time and within budget. We have also already had a number of local heads of PE asking to look around as they cannot believe we have managed to get a sports hall of such high quality built so quickly within such a limited budget”Wendy Gooding - Director of Sport, Stanground College, Peterborough
“I can’t speak highly enough of Collinson, they were spectacular contractors. As we are going through a BSF build we were forever grateful Collinson were so good. Monthly site meetings ensured everything ran smoothly and didn’t create additional headaches. The school is absolutely over the moon with the facility, the student’s jaws dropped in amazement when they walked in”Ian Johnson - Business Manager, Soar Valley College, Leicester
“It’s a very impressive structure – bright, airy and the ambience is excellent”Gerry Kelly - General Manager, Planet Soccer, Drogheda Leisure Park, Ireland
“Membership at all levels has increased greatly since we opened, the wow factor is unbelievable”Mandy Stonier - Tennis Development Officer, Writhlington Tennis Centre, Avon
“We are delighted to have this outstanding facility which will transform the sporting opportunity for our pupils and the local community”Mark Hitch - Deputy Headteacher, Humphrey Perkins School, Loughborough
"Collinson have worked with William Edwards School & Badminton England over the past two years to design, plan and then construct a world class sporting facility. The support given by all staff at Collinson has been immense with a designated project manager to oversee the works. Would highly recommend this company and am happy to show anyone the facility and speak about the company if schools wish."Peter Melville, William Edwards School, Grays, Essex
"Collinson have been a pleasure to work with. Professional from start to finish, with excellent communication and collaboration with the University and Kent Sport."Ben Trott, Assistant Director - Operations, Kent Sport, University of Kent
At Collinson we like to keep things simple and make the process of building your facility as straight forward as we possibly can
Step 1 - Contact Collinson
If you think a Collinson building could be just what you're looking for then give our friendly team a call. You'll speak directly to one of our construction team, ready to discuss your individual requirements. No sales waffle, just dedicated and knowledgeable national account managers.
Step 2 - Arrange a site visit
Your own dedicated account manager will arrange a visit to view the site and discuss your requirements, ideas and explain about our range of buildings and their key features.
Step 3 - Collinson proposal (pre-planning)
When we feel confident we fully understand your requirements our architectural design team will put together an initial proposal for your approval. This will include an outline specification, giving an overview of your specific build and how much it will cost.
Step 4 - Planning consent & detailed design
Once you are happy with our proposal we can prepare the detailed planning application or work with your own team to submit the necessary plans. Once approved our team will work with you to take the scheme through to the final detailed design and contract stage.
Step 5 - Build phase
Our experienced project managers set a start and completion date for the handover of the completed project. They are your dedicated point of contact throughout the build, liaising and keeping you up to date with progress.
Step 6 - Post Completion
Once you are up and running and enjoying your new facility we are always available to offer support or advice should you require it.