Knottingley based Caddick Construction has completed its 18-week programme of flood reinstatement works at Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie’s training ground at Kirkstall, which was completely devastated by the Boxing Day floods.
The training ground was used daily by the Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie as well as being the home to the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, who work with over 50,000 people every year, and local community club Milford Marlins ARLFC.
Caddick Construction implemented a complete transformation of the facility. The entire ground floor of the 14,500 sq ft training building was stripped out, redesigned and reinstated with flood protection to all areas, including submersible pumps, Polymer rendered walls, resin floors and metal doors.
Timber floors have been replaced with concrete and all plumbing and electrics have been upgraded. External works include reinstating areas damaged by the floods and creating a new 20 space car park.
Andrew Murray, managing director of Caddick Construction, said: “The Boxing Day floods affected a great number of people throughout the region – in the Kirkstall area of the city many businesses and homes experienced large scale damage.
“The damage at Kirkstall Training Ground was disruptive to the Rhinos training schedule. The construction team on site faced five feet of water on the pitch area and the training building, which houses a gym, changing rooms, physio/rehab areas, wrestling rooms, doctors room, ice baths, coach areas, stats room, theatre rooms, kitchen, dining and staff areas.
“Work began in March this year and the project has been completed on time. We are delighted that they can now resume with full use of the facilities.”
The training ground will be officially re-opened by Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council.
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington commented, “It is a fantastic feeling to return to our home facility after six months away. On behalf of everyone connected with Leeds Rhinos, the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Yorkshire Carnegie, I would like to thank all those organisations across Leeds and the wider community who have welcomed our teams over the last few months to share their facilities. Without the generosity of the many clubs, universities, schools and gyms who helped to accommodate us it would have been extremely difficult to have continued the work that we do. I would also like to thank the trades people and suppliers who have supported Caddicks to restore the building and pitches and as special mention must go to Sue Ward, who oversaw the whole project for us and made sure that it was completed on time.”
Caddick Construction and Caddick Civil Engineering are the operational arms of Caddick Group PLC., offering more than 30 years' experience across a range of market sectors including commercial, education, industrial, leisure, refurbishment, residential, care, retail, mixed use and fit out. The Group employs almost 500 people and its turnover is £90 million.
For further information on Caddick Construction visit www.caddickconstruction.co.uk.