Pellings completes Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills Centre in South East London

Pellings, the multi-disciplinary construction and property consultancy has completed construction on the new Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills Centre.

The Centre comprises a 1200 square metre arena, stables, a horse therapy and treatment centre, classrooms/ lecture rooms, ancillary out buildings and car parking facilities.

After hosting the Equestrian events in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, the Borough of Greenwich was eager to achieve a lasting legacy from the games. The centre is one of a series of pioneering new skills centres in the Royal Borough of Greenwich which give local residents access to first class training centres in sectors with excellent employment opportunities. The Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills Centre forms part of the new Horticulture and Equestrian Skills Centres in the borough, which is being run by the outstanding land-based college Hadlow College.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills Centre is also aimed at increasing opportunities and access to equestrian activity amongst the community, specifically deprived social groups, children, and the disabled.

Pellings, which provided town planning advice, building surveying and CDM co-ordination, and as architects designed the centre, had to do a series of Environmental Impact Assessments because the site is in Metropolitan Open Land. These included surveys of the site ecology, arboriculture surveys, negotiation with the Environment Agency on watercourses and research into UXB ordnance on site.

Pellings partner Ian Collins, said:

“We were delighted to be a part of a project that benefits the borough’s residents through elements that include increased employment, improved health, and social inclusion.”

The project included the following construction works:

  • An indoor arena with steel portal frame, Yorkshire wood boarding cladding, cement particle board profiled roof covering and a sprinkler system to keep the moisture content of the riding surface at a controlled level.
  • An outdoor arena with land drainage and a sprinkler system
  • An existing Victorian house, locally listed and used in recent years by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as a teaching facility for adults with learning disabilities which was converted into conference facilities together with two flats, kitchen/dining area, offices and tack room.
  • A new build therapy centre of similar construction to the indoor arena but including an equestrian swimming pool. Equestrian spa, a hydro tread mill and an infra-red heat treatment facility.

The centre had to achieve BREEAM Excellent for all new buildings and BREEAM Very Good for all existing buildings to include photovoltaic Panels on the therapy centre roof, a sedum planted roof on the classroom building and with all buildings required to have good thermal performance.

The 2.5 acre Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Skills Centre at Shooter’s Hill, was opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on December 5th 2013. Upon the completion of her tour of the facilities, the Princess Royal stated:

“equestrianism is a wonderful way of engaging young people and adults in sport. A centre such as this can open up opportunities for participation in a sport which were previously unavailable and widen access to the community as a whole.”