Courtcraft Celebrating a New £5m School Build

Courtcraft are proud to have been part of the team that constructed a multi-million pound redevelopment at Merchant Taylors’ Primary School, Stanfield. The two year, two-phase project undertaken by Eric Wright Construction, is part of an overall 10 year development strategy, the next stage of which is already being planned.

The school has high profile sporting links as the launch of the multi-phase construction programme was marked by an official steel signing ceremony in 2013 by Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard. Courtcraft continued to develop the sporting theme at the school by installing the sports flooring with a highly professional job.

The sports hall now has a new Boen Arenaflex Olympia Beech floor on battens and cradles with badminton, mini-netball, hockey and football line markings. During the installation the school remained fully operational and Courtcraft were part of a team that made all efforts to make sure there was no disruption to the school day.

Mrs Abila Pointing MBE DL, the High Sheriff of Merseyside, officially opened the multi-million pound redevelopment which has now been fully operational since the beginning of the new school term in January 2015.
Thomas Smith, MD of Courtcraft, says ‘’Education is an important sector for our business and we hope the pupils enjoy exercising in the new sports hall’’

Neil Summerton, Project Manager at Eric Wright Construction offered his support by saying, ‘’ It is with great pleasure that we thank you and all of your team for the effort and care undertaken whilst working on the project and in particular the manner in which the challenges of working in and around a busy school have embraced’’

Miss Julie Yardley, Head of Merchant Taylors’ Primary School, Stanfield added “The staff, pupils and parents are absolutely thrilled with the new facilities.”

Courtcraft Complete Residential Flooring Contract in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Working for leading construction company Galliford Try, Courtcraft have been involved in the final piece of a £120m regeneration scheme in the area known as the Northern Quarter in the city of Manchester. This residential phase, called One Smithfield Square, is a mix of 77 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The apartments benefit from the terraces and balconies with views across the city and are very much cutting edge units housed with a central covered entrance area.

The development combines high class design with practical sustainable solutions to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3. The brief for Courtcraft was to install 2600 square metres of appropriate flooring in all the apartments. A wide board single plank was used, laid on top of a high quality acoustic sound reduction layer; a good quality acoustic layer is essential to limit the transfer of noise. Residents will benefit from the look of these floors that complement the rest of the modern fittings and contemporary feel. Functionally, sound will not transfer through the apartments due to the higher specification flooring system installed on this development.

One Smithfield Square is being brought to market by Ician Developments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Muse Developments, in partnership with Manchester City Council. The project has required careful logistical planning and consideration of the adjacent buildings to ensure minimal disruption to local businesses and residents. Now home to the city’s world famous fashion and music industries, the Northern Quarter development is a far cry from the origins of the area that was originally named Smithfield Market in May 1822, the potato market having moved to the district.
Mark Elliott, Director at Courtcraft said: ‘’The commercial market is a growing market for us and this type of residential development allows us to showcase the quality flooring services we can offer. We are now working with more leading construction companies such as Galliford Try. It is particularly satisfying to be involved in a scheme in central Manchester as our Head Office and roots are in the North West of England.’’

Courtcraft Helps Transform Derelict Building Into Community Centre

The Well community centre, a formerly derelict building at Haw Hill in Normanton, West Yorkshire has been transformed into a thriving local community centre. As one of the contributors to the project, Courtcraft is delighted to have helped provide flooring, resources and labour free of charge.

After six months of work on the project, the community centre known as The Well @ Haw Hill Park is now open. It was officially opened by Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford Yvette Cooper.

Jenny Farrall-Bird, Community Project Manager of The Well Project said:
“Our aim is to see over 5,000 people benefit from this project. The new centre will allow us to expand the support we offer the community, from children to mothers and toddlers, and for pensioners and unemployed people.’’

Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford said:
“The Well Project has been delivering fantastic youth facilities for Normanton for years and I’m honoured to have been able to officially open the fantastic new facilities alongside staff, supportive partners and most importantly the children who’ll be using the centre.’’

Thomas Smith, Managing Director of Courtcraft said:
‘’When Interserve asked us to get involved as one of their contractors, we were delighted to do our bit to help to renovate the centre so that young people have a great new space to come to.”

Courtcraft PU for Stretford Grammar School

The Courtcraft know how delivers the best guarantee for our customers. At Stretford Grammar School we have installed a new high performance polyurethane surface in the Sports Hall. The heart of their extensive enrichment programme includes the ambition to provide every student with the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life. Extra- curricular sport at the school will not be the same now with this fabulous addition.

The old floor was not wearing well at the school; we advised the best option was to install our new Courtcraft PU product, perfect for indoor sports and activities with a specially cushioned multi-purpose sports surface that is seamless. The perfect choice.

Tested, certified and manufactured under factory conditions, Courtcraft PU is designed to maximise stability, longevity and safety, with natural shock-absorbing qualities. It enhances performance, providing good traction and resilience. The polyurethane adhesive, prefabricated rubber mat, polyurethane pore filler, 2mm self-levelling polyurethane wear layer and water based, low odour polyurethane top coat were applied on site by our own in house craftsmen. Look at the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images on our website and you will see how the Sports Hall was transformed with the installation of the new floor.

This co-educational foundation Grammar School will now benefit from the new ‘5 plus 2’ version of the Courtcraft PU product – low cost maintenance and an easy to clean surface with no polishing or buffing needed, only regular sweeping and an occasional wet clean. Most importantly, the students in Stretford have a fabulous upgraded sports surface.

Thomas Smith of Courtcraft said, ‘The Courtcraft PU product is a great new addition to our range of top quality flooring available. Perfect for sports halls it was the natural selection when advising Stretford Grammar School on their choices. We hope the students enjoy the new surface which looks absolutely fabulous’.

Bristol Grammar School Gets a Courtcraft Makeover

Courtcraft has just finished a complete renovation at Bristol Grammar School. After being invited to assess the current situation of the school’s four squash courts, we came up with the best solution to transform the courts into pristine condition.

The existing squash court panels were bowed, loose and damaged and were causing a major problem for the school.

We installed our Courtcraft renovation panel system to the front walls after removing and discarding the existing broken panels to the front wall; all the sand was then removed from the cavity before new renovation panels were installed, glued and screwed to the existing alloy framework. The new surface was then filled, sanded to produce no visible joints, before the existing sand was replaced with a top up where required; finally two coats of our own unique water based two pack squash court paint was applied to all playwalls (including the side walls) that were renovated as part of the makeover.

In addition to the work on front and side walls, the existing maple flooring was removed on all four courts. A new secondary damp proof membrane was installed followed by the installation of new Junckers Sylvasquash unsealed Classic grade to all courts.

The final makeover comprised installing new Armourcoat tin batten systems to all courts and new line markings in red games paint.

Thomas Smith, Managing Director of Courtcraft, said ‘We are delighted to have completed this very prestigious job for Bristol Grammar School. Squash players will notice a huge difference when they arrive back at school in September and we hope they have a successful and enjoyable season. It is always nice for everyone involved in this project to receive positive feedback and reflections from the school have appreciated the professional way we handled the project.’

‘The team at Courtcraft undertook the recent refurbishment of our four squash courts on-time, within budget and in a courteous and professional manner.’

B Tavener
Facilities Manager
Bristol Grammar School