University of South Wales - Case Study

The University of South Wales has recently undergone a £15 million development to launch its custom-designed sporting performance facility, close to the Pontypridd campus in Rhydyfelin, South Wales.

This state-of-the-art sports park provides students and athletes with the latest equipment and training facilities, with professional teams such as Cardiff City Football Club, the British and Irish Lions and even international rugby teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa already benefiting from the facilities. The site houses a specialist centre for strength and conditioning along with observation galleries, changing rooms and an internal full-size 3G pitch built to the Fifa Pro and World Rugby 22 standards - making it the only pitch of its kind in Wales.

Garran lockers was approached by leading construction group Kier, to provide personal storage lockers and changing room equipment to enhance the high quality finish required for the project.

The core objective was to design, manufacture and install a quality, bespoke selection of storage and changing room solutions, something regularly provided for customers across the UK and Ireland

With the design and manufacture both taking place at Garran’s facility in Caerphilly, installations can be specific to customer requirements. The final design featured lockers, bench seating, cloakroom units and hook boards, which were all colour coordinated with the recognised USW colour scheme of red, white and black. Nigel Hayes, Site Manager, Kier Construction commented “Lockers and Cloakroom equipment supplied and installed by Garran Lockers have been an important addition to the prestigious Sports facility at the University of South Wales in Treforest. As the main contractor Kier Construction was very pleased with the design element, customer service and attention to detail offered.

Personal storage lockers

Garran supplied and fitted a number of wet area lockers from its supreme range, constructed from 1.5mm aluminium, and powder coated in a light grey fine texture. These water resistant lockers were the perfect choice for the project, preventing rust and corrosion to the lockers through ambient moisture from the adjacent shower room.

Fitted to the carcass were dark grey solid grade laminate doors, finished with easy to read, vertical vinyl numbering and fitted with a wet area coin return lock.

Bench seating & Cloakroom units

To compliment the lockers and to provide a seating area, Garran lockers supplied a number of bench seats totalling over 60 metres in length and a selection of bespoke double sided cloakroom units placed in the centre of the room. Above the bench seating, hook boards were fitted with over 400 aluminium hooks, providing convenient hanging space to accommodate even the largest of sports teams.

The project was completed on schedule and received excellent feedback, with Sport and Business Development Manager Steve Savage saying, “Garran lockers recently manufactured and installed bespoke lockers and changing room equipment at our new state of the art sports facility at the University of South Wales. We are extremely pleased with everything that Garran provided, the lockers look phenomenal and match the high quality specification that we required.

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