Outdoor football pitch with fabric roof MUGA cover
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Avoniel MUGA Cover

Belfast, UK

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Sports covered

Rubb has worked with Northern Ireland’s Belfast City Council and Heron Bros Ltd to regenerate Belfast’s Avoniel site.

As part of the £8 million project, Rubb has supplied Avoniel with a 30m span x 60m length x 4m leg height BVE MUGA cover.

The transformation of the former Avoniel Leisure Centre site aims to address the lack of 3G pitches in the area, while also providing flexible indoor space for the community. New facilities include an intermediate standard 3G football pitch; three covered and two uncovered 3G five-a-side pitches; an outdoor 3G seven-a-side pitch; multi-purpose rooms; meeting rooms and changing rooms.

Rubb’s covered pitches can be comfortably used no matter the weather with the protection of Rubb’s PVC cladding. This will be the case for many years to come, as the PVC membrane has a life expectancy of up to 25 years, and the hot dip galvanised framework can last 30. 

Belfast Councillor Nicholl said: “This is one of seven new and upgraded leisure facilities that make up Belfast City Council’s £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme – the biggest investment of its kind in the UK. This investment demonstrates our commitment to getting more people more active, more often.

“When it opens, Avoniel will welcome sports clubs, groups and individuals from across Belfast and further afield. It will also play a vital role in improving health and wellbeing in the local community, one of the key objectives of the Belfast Agenda, the city’s community plan.”

This isn’t the first time Rubb have contributed to this multi-million pound scheme—it’s actually the third. In 2019, Rubb worked closely with main contractor Heron Bros Ltd and Ards and North Down Borough Council to supply a 43m span x 59m long mutlisports facility.

The structure accommodates a diverse range of sports for schools, local sports organisations, and the community at Dairy Hall in Newtownards.

Following the success of the project at Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing & Leisure Complex, Heron Bros Ltd approached Rubb with the scheme for this particular facility, as well as another MUGA cover for Brook Leisure Centre completed last year.

Sales executive, Stephnie Coyle, comments: “I have been the sales point of contact for Rubb on all three facilities we have worked on with Heron Bros to date and I have always had a good relationship with parties I have worked with at their end. On all occasions our work for Heron Bros have resulted in great facilities being delivered as part of fantastic overall schemes that Heron Bros have delivered across Northern Ireland.”

Excellence in engineering

Rubb have a great continuous working relationship with Heron Bros Ltd, and were delighted with the opportunity to work on this project and to develop a building that combines the traditional MUGA cover with Rubb’s excellent engineering.

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