Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex

Michael Nugent Ltd delivers a complex mechanical installation for the landmark £30million Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex

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When it comes to leisure projects, Michael Nugent Ltd’s adaptability is a key attribute and this was on show once again at the state-of-the-art Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex.

The facility is unlike any other similar complex in Northern Ireland but that didn’t faze the expert team at Michael Nugent Ltd. The company provided a full mechanical services installation, with the team calling on experience gained throughout a variety of complex projects to complete this new facility to the highest standards.

The landmark £30million project for Ards and North Down Borough Council has recorded unprecedented demand since opening earlier this year, mainly due to the versatile nature of the building and the variety of activities on offer.

It consists of three main areas – the dome-covered synthetic turf training area, sports halls, swimming pools and fitness suites.

The swimming facilities in the Aqua Zone encompass a six- lane 25-metre indoor main pool, a 20-metre indoor minor pool, both with movable floors, a splash pool in its own space for interactive water-based play, and spectator gallery which can accommodate 160 people alongside modern changing facilities. There is also a new water-based play area for children up to 7 years old.

In addition to the sports hall, with courts for netball, basketball and racquet sports, there is a separate, dome-covered synthetic turf training area that allows sports and training to continue whatever the weather. The luxury spa comprises vitality and chill pools, a sauna, aroma steam room, sanarium, salt grotto and relaxation area while, in a UK first, the Blacklight Adventure Zone includes adventure golf, climbing walls and high ropes.

The contemporary gym has three fitness studios and a spacious 110-station gym while there is also a children’s soft play area. Externally, there is a diversity play area and sensory garden, biking pump track, wheel park for skateboarding, scooters, BMX and inline skating.

The mechanical installation carried out by Michael Nugent Ltd included:

  • Constant temperature LPHW heating installation
  • Radiator and UFH installation
  • Plumbing installation
  • Sanitary installation
  • General ventilation
  • Dedicated supply and extract installation
  • Fully automated BEMS installation
  • Natural gas installation
  • External trunk main installation
  • Lead services co-ordinator
  • Thermal insulation of piped and ducted services

Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex joins a growing list of hotel and leisure projects by Michael Nugent Ltd across the UK and Ireland that includes Grand Central Hotel Belfast, Hampton by Hilton in Edinburgh, City of London Freemen’s School, Newry Leisure Centre, Letterkenny Sports and Leisure Complex and Greenvale Leisure Centre.


Michael Nugent Ltd, 2 Tandragee Road, Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, BT70 3DS
T: 028 8775 8617
E: [email protected]
W: www.michaelnugent.co.uk

Sub Contractors

JF Andrews Engineering has been providing solutions for power generation, water and wastewater pumping, water and wastewater treatment for over 60 years and this experience was on show at the new Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex.

The company supplied and installed 24/69 Duplex 1.5” Clack Water Softener c/w 750ltr Brine tank; as well as a range of pumps, including an AISI 304 Pallas UV 80/2 LCD Plus 4-20mA; and two AISI 304 Cintropur NW 500 2” units. This project reflects the high standards provided by JF Andrews Engineering and highlights some of the recognised brand names that the company represents.

JF Andrews offers a full range of consultancy, design, installation, and after sales services in the supply of power generation and pumping solutions. The company has a long tradition of providing a reliable and dependable service to the domestic, commercial and industrial markets and this is reflected in diverse range of high quality products on offer.


T: 0044 (0)28 6632 4884
W: www.jfaengineering.com

The new Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex is the latest in a number of projects that Brian Thompson Limited has completed with Michael Nugent Ltd. Reflecting the partnership approach offered by Brian Thompson Limited to mechanical contractors, the company supplied Wade drainage products, Oventrop valves and Geberit drainage products to the landmark £30million facility. The products were made to order to meet the specific requirements of the project.

Brian Thompson has also worked with Michael Nugent Ltd on recent projects including the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast and the new Grand Central Hotel. Ian Thompson, Director at Brian Thompson Limited, highlighted how the company’s diverse product range meets the needs of a varied range of projects.

“We have a lot of experience in leisure centres, but we are equally at home working on schools, offices, church buildings and other commercial projects,” he said. “We take pride in our partnership approach with consulting engineers, architects and contractors to find the most suitable solutions.”


T: 0044 (0)28 9146 5486
W: www.brianthompsonlimited.co.uk

The Contracts Division at Beggs and Partners utilised its ability to meet varying requirements at the flagship Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex.

The £30million project for Ards and North Down Borough Council offers a variety of activities ranging from swimming, fitness and sports to adventure golf, climbing walls, skateboarding and a luxury spa. Each area is designed to be distinctive and, as such, the sanitary ware requirements had to match this.

Alastair Scott, Contracts Director at Beggs and Partners, said, “We had to supply sanitary ware from a high to mid-range specification, ranging from the more general areas through to the specialised spa area.

“Using our long-term relationship with Ideal Standard we were able to meet all the varying needs, including digital Rada controls in the luxury spa. All these different solutions were supplied within the set budget.”

The Ards project is a perfect example of how the experience of the team at Beggs and Partners can ensure a smooth project from initial specification through to final delivery Offering nearly 60 years of expertise, the knowledgeable Contracts Division team at Beggs and Partners has proven experience of providing bespoke sanitary ware solutions to commercial projects across the UK and Ireland.

With a reputation for reliability and attention to detail, the team has the ability to meet the needs of projects ranging from retrofit and heritage through to new builds.


Beggs and Partners, Great Patrick Street, Belfast.
T: 028 9023 5791
W: www.beggsandpartners.com
Branches at Belfast, Ballymena, Lisburn, Maghera, Newtownards and Portadown