Infinite Air Trampoline Park Durham
23rd July 2015
Designed and constructed by Rubb Buildings Ltd
What makes up the park
- 40 free jump connected trampolines
- 2 trampoline dodge ball courts
- 3 trampoline basketball lanes
- 4 competition standard trampolines
- 12m x 6m inflatable bag jump
- Padded wall run area
- Cafe and party area
Rubb jumps into action to create new trampoline park and free running centre
A local building company leapt at the opportunity to bring a trampoline park and free running facility to life at Durham’s Soccarena.
The £600,000, 35,000sq ft Infinite Air Extreme Trampoline centre, in New Ferens Park, features more than 80 interconnected trampolines, including dodgeball court areas and basketball lanes as well as a planned area for free running.
“The park has been created for ‘big kids’ but it isn’t just for young people – it will be open to every age and physical ability,” said co-owner Richard Knowles. “From open jump and dodgeball leagues to birthday parties and corporate events, there’s going to be something for everyone.”
Durham based Coretech Sports Ltd approached Rubb to design, manufacture and install the indoor trampoline park framework and trampoline systems within the Soccarena facility, which was originally constructed by Rubb in 2004. Rubb has also provided platforms, dodgeball and basketball equipment, netting and handrails for the trampoline park area.
Richard added: “We’ve seen the tremendous success of these sorts of centres across the USA and Australia and more recently in the UK and we’re proud to now create one for the people of the North East.”
The main trampoline arena includes a ‘fast track’, rebound walls and flat-padded sections along with interconnected individual trampolines for ‘free jumping’ and fitness sessions. Three ‘Slam Dunk’ trampoline basketball lanes have NBA standard backboards and hoops. Wall-running trampolines have been installed and individual coaching will be offered to help people improve their bouncing. Two enclosed trampoline dodgeball courts will be available to visitors as well as offering competitive league play.
The park will also have a gymnastic ‘tricking and tumbling floor’ where people can learn new tricks. And there will a purpose built area dedicated to the modern sport of free running.
A cafe and rooms for hire completes the facility. “Over the coming months we will look to develop hospitality and birthday parties, fitness classes, special events and themed nights, dodgeball tournaments, family nights and corporate VIP events,” explained Richard. “It’s an exciting time for us and it will be an exciting new attraction for the North East.”
Brothers Richard and Chris Knowles, co-owners of Coretech Sports, described how they came up with the concept. Chris said: “We were looking to do something in the leisure industry. Once you got beyond soft play, there wasn’t anything in the area to cater for that kind of activity, so we started looking into that. It took on various forms focusing on Parkour and freerunning and then we considered the idea of a trampoline park to bring everything under one roof.”
One year before opening Infinite Air, Chris and Richard began talking to Soccarena Chairman and Coretech co-owner Stewart Dawson about a joint venture at the football facility. They originally planned to use two football courts for the trampoline area. That grew to an area the size of four courts – half of the Soccarena facility.
Chris added: “There are a very small number of parks like this in the UK. We visited a few sites but wanted to do something bigger and more ambitious. We had a supplier in mind but they weren’t where we needed them to be and then Stewart suggested Rubb.”
Stewart Dawson said: “We have been here now for ten years and the facility still looks brand new. The quality product and top after sales service you get with Rubb is second to none. Our relationship has been great and Rubb was an obvious candidate to work on this project. We are more than happy to change our plan of business as Soccarena and Infinite Air complement eachother very well.”
Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: “Although we specialise in fabric buildings, we were confident that we could provide the design, structural engineering, fabrication and installation to meet Coretech’s requirements.”
New product venture for Rubb – design, manufacture and installation
“From initial meetings with Coretech Sports, it was apparent that this was not the traditional type of project Rubb would be involved in,” says Structural Engineer Dale Robinson. “We are always looking at innovation and ways to break into new markets. The chance to work on this project inside an existing Rubb building was an opportunity we could not refuse. Rubb has a great relationship with the owners and staff of Soccarena Durham and having built the original structure we had all the relevant information to give us the best possible head start.”
Making the vision a reality
Various meetings took place initially to discuss Coretech Sports’ ideas and visions for the park. They wanted it to be the best in the UK and also unique to suit their business model, brand and maximize use of the available clear span. “One of the advantages of locating a trampoline park inside a Rubb structure is our ability to provide a large column free structure, which doesn’t hinder or cause safety issues for users moving from space to space,” adds Dale. “Through detailed discussions we were able to put down on paper Coretech’s vision. When the final layout was agreed we were able to start to develop a suitable structural layout and design to accommodate this.”
Structural analysis was used to determine the size of the structural elements based on various loading configurations. Various sample frames from different areas of the park were fabricated and tested at Rubb’s facilities in Gateshead. European and International codes were predominantly used to determine loadings and ancillary requirements.
Dale explains: “We teamed up with various local sub-contractors with experience in the relevant areas, who assisted in providing the best quality solutions to suit the client’s vision. As with any new development it is highly demanding in terms of technical resources. There are so many elements to this particular type of project. Rubb had to ensure that we had covered all aspects, from foundations through to nets. One of the most challenging aspects was the foundations for the trampoline supports. The existing floor was a sports surface with no concrete sub-base and it was not possible to excavate and provide cast-in-situ concrete. Rubb developed a system, which was able to provide ballast, prevent uplift and sliding and suitably spread any loads into the ground. This was one of the key developments that enabled the project to be completed in the given timescale.”
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