National Star College, Cheltenham
National star is a specialist provider of further education and training for people with physical and learning difficulties and acquired brain injuries. The campus at National Star benefits from wonderful amenities all designed to help with the
education rehabilitation and enjoyment of the students and community.
Unfortunately, in early 2023 an underfloor water leak caused havoc to the indoor sports hall resulting in large areas becoming unstable and rendering the entire area unfit for use.
This gave the college the opportunity to review the current provision and look to improve the suitability for the range of physical activities and sports the hall was most used for.
TVS were incredibly honoured to get the opportunity to help design a scheme that we felt would offer the key sporting characteristics required of a hall catering to this student body as well as trial new developments to encourage inclusivity for a wide range of users.
Sports specialists from TVS worked with the college to design a new sports system from the ground up to create the best possible surface for the students, TVS then sought advice from British Blind Sport to include various elements that would make the space easier to use for those in the community with visual impairments.
A new colour scheme was chosen, new court markings designed to make the courts as easy to distinguish as possible and a new method to introduce subtle variations in the floor texture to further demarcate individual courts. TVS were delighted to then be appointed to undertake these works. We worked alongside colleagues at National Star’s insurer’s appointed main contractor to specify and correct the various subfloor issues before beginning the installation of a new sprung A4 classification sports floor surface.
Great care was taken to ensure the most uniform level surface as possible. With Boccia and other wheelchair sports being a priority, the importance on having a perfectly level surface could not be over-emphasised. Once the floor was in, the fun works could begin, using world class materials from BONA UK TVS measured out, and applied all markings and block colours before finishing with multiple coats of a protective finish.
Heavy duty aluminium trims were added around the doorways and entry matting installed to the main entrance to finish the look. TVS install dozens of sports facilities every year, we take great pride in every project we undertake, some however will always stand out as unique, this is such a project.
We were privileged to be a part of the National Star community, even if was just for a few weeks, and we hope to maintain that relationship through aftercare and quality surface maintenance to ensure this hall brings an enthusiasm for sports and physical activity for many years to come.