Hitting goals with Rubb sports facilities

Rubb Buildings Ltd specialises in the custom design, manufacture and construction of sports halls. Rubb’s experience in pioneering temporary and permanent fabric engineered building systems spans more than 40 years. The company offers total quality in product delivery and a commitment to continued product development and improvement.

Rubb has completed a number of Premier and Championship League football training facilities to great acclaim. The driving demand in this sector is for #AlternativeSolutions: cost effective, large span buildings that will accommodate indoor training, while meeting the highest of standards with regard to materials used. There is also a high demand for custom designed structures to suit individual architectural and site requirements.

Benefits of fabric clad sports buildings include flexibility of design, speed of project completion and low running costs due to the virtually maintenance free nature of the structure and naturally bright interior. These structures also generally only cost about a third of what an equivalent traditional building would cost.

Rubb’s football highlights include bespoke indoor football training facilities for Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United. Meanwhile an academy project for Sunderland AFC showcases Rubb’s widest clear span sports structure to date. The custom design flexibility, speed of on-site construction and cost-effective operation of Rubb indoor football facilities can help club’s meet their goals with a competitive edge.

The West Brom story…

Rubb Buildings won this contract following an extensive tendering process and went on to provide a turnkey indoor football training facility, large enough to accommodate a full-size football pitch. Rubb rose to the challenge and provided an indoor football training building measuring 70m wide by 105m long with sidewalls of 7m. From initial site clearance, drainage system and foundation to construction and final landscaping, Rubb was there to help and provide assistance at every step of the project. The indoor training facility met with all local building codes, and post production hot dip galvanizing to BS ISO EN 1461 standards ensured steel surfaces were protected against corrosion. The PVC coated polyester membrane cladding flies the club colours of dark blue and white and the translucent roof provides a bright and airy atmosphere. This helps reduce energy costs as artificial lighting is not required during the day.

Rubb went on to complete an additional multi-sports hall for West Bromwich Albion. Sponsored by Barclays Bank, as part of the ‘Kids in the Community’ initiative, it was built on the same site as the indoor training centre, providing a sports facility for the local community. Measuring 20m wide x 35m long, the sports structure includes changing facilities complete with showers, an office and an equipment storage area.

Structural Engineer Dale Robinson explains: “Rubb can offer the full turnkey solution within one package, including M&E, groundworks and pitch. As our client from West Brom found, dealing with one point of contact for the full project provides a hassle-free experience.”

“All our sports buildings are manufactured using the highest quality steel, hot dip galvanized to strengthen and protect the frame from corrosion. They are clad with a PVDF coated fabric which offers a high resistance to algae and fungal growth, with excellent self-cleaning properties, ensuring minimal maintenance is required. These facilities can be used for a wide range of training activities.

“Rubb structures can meet and exceed conventional sports halls in terms of performance. In fact, due to advances in technology, these structures are capable of anything that their traditional build counterparts would be, with added benefits. I would recommend that organisations interested in such structures apply for the relevant planning permission as they are proven to last. Rubb sports buildings are a cost-effective alternative to conventional facilities – the same concept with a design twist.”

The steel framework is designed to last in excess of 50 years and the fabric more than 30 years. Though they are described as temporary, many of these buildings become permanent fixtures of the organisations and communities they benefit.

Meanwhile green concerns are high on the agenda – all steelwork can be recycled and there are plans in place to ensure all fabrics used are fully recyclable. All buildings can be dismantled, sold and reused if required.