The Montem Ice Arena in Slough, first opened in the 1980s and closed in 2016 due to the building’s decrepit state, has reopened to the public after an extensive refurbishment. The arena itself has been extended an extra 1,000m2 as part of the new two-storey extension that also holds the new entrance, climbing wall, gym and cafe.
The main entrance to the Ice Arena was also modernised to facilitate the pedestrians that are potential skaters, climbers and spectators.
The original design plans for the external space included brightly coloured red and yellow stone pebble-like seating but following lengthy discussions with the clients and the Artform Team, it was recommended that the special painted colour finish was not suitable for the demands of the location.
Mike Goodall, Director - Oobe, said: “One of the biggest drivers for the design was re-connecting the Arena to the wider community by creating a new arrival plaza - the form of which takes its cue from the elegant curves of an ice hockey sticks blade."
Over the course of the project budgets fluctuated, and due to the common value engineering process, quantities were reduced to manage the overall budget. Any changes in the specification were managed by the Artform team to ensure that the end result matched the client’s ambitions.
The products chosen included two Moonstone benches and two Stone benches. Artform's in-house design team provided technical drawings to confirm that the units would fit within the space available, including the large foundations required for the heavy Moonstone units.
Specialist lifting equipment and was needed for the installation due to the 4.4-tonne weight of the Moonstones. The Artform team, having installed Moonstone benches previously, relied on their knowledge to make the install as smooth as possible offering full assistance to the site team.
Artform was a part of the project from the very beginning and was available to tackle the challenges with their expertise. The recommendation of not implementing the painted finish was to protect the lifespan of the products and reduce maintenance requirements.
The new Ice Arena has improved a part of Slough by revitalising the space it inhabits to encourage the wider community to come together and be social.
Cllr Anderson said: “The ice arena is just one of the new facilities spearheading our efforts to make Slough one of the most active towns in the country and is only the start of a major improvement in all our leisure centres, parks and open spaces that will allow people opportunities at every level to take control of their own health and wellbeing.”
“The furniture looks fantastic in our scheme. We were aiming for a landscape that pulls visitors towards the building - the furniture not only provides a fantastic meeting point, but also creates a high visual impact, complementing the landscape and building.”
- Mike Goodall, Director - Oobe