Posted on: September 28th, 2015 by 4Dm1N No Comments

Big Lottery Fund

  • Big Lottery Fund

We were design assessors to the Big Lottery Fund or BLF (formally known as the New Opportunities Fund or NOF) on their £580 million Sport and PE programme across all the Local Authorities of England. We assessed over 380 projects which equates to the majority of the projects that reached decision stage for Lottery Funding from 2003 to 2006. Our involvement with Sport England and working closely with innovative Local Authorities such as Portsmouth CC and Northampton CC has ensured that we are well versed in best practice in this sector.

The applications ranged from the fitting of a Unisex Disabled Changing and WC area with access equipment for a leisure facility through to large multi-use sports centres for sports and leisure activities. The applicant, through their local education authority, made an application for funding towards whole or part of the costs of construction for a new sports related community or school facility. The application was then divided into two areas. The first area or Criteria A looked specifically at Architectural issues in relation to the quality of the proposals and the concordance with the various requirements and guidelines, for example, Sport England Guidelines and the DDA, and whether any technical issues were left outstanding that could have potentially blighted a project. The second area or Criteria B looked at the costings and the project management areas of the project. As the applicants varied from LEA to architectural practice to the head of a community group with no prior construction experience, the level of information and its quality also varied.

Among the various projects assessed for the BLF, LCE assessed a large number of swimming pools and provided design guidance and feedback for each one. Types of pools assessed included large swimming pools for general use and community use, Hydrotherapy Pools, Learner/Teacher/Training Pools, and Leisure Pools.

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Big Lottery Fund

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Design Assessment

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