The Sports & Wellness Hub construction journey. A leap towards the ambition of becoming the UK’s most active campus by the year 2020.

THE CHALLENGE

The University of Warwick has a vision to become the country’s ‘most active campus’ by the year 2020.  This ambition is born from the understanding that an active campus is a happy campus.  Healthy bodies equals healthy minds and lifestyles; an ethos very much championed by the University.  Students, societies and communities will all be able to enjoy the state of the art facilities offered by the Sports & Wellness Hub from 2019.

Willmott Dixon Construction, an existing partner of the University of Warwick and of ours, were awarded the contract to deliver the building and surrounding grounds.  They, in turn, approached us to film and time lapse the eighty-six week construction project.

On site power was available from the start of the project and 3G signal is stable on site.  Even so, we are only an hour away should a camera have an issue and not be fixable remotely.

OUR APPROACH

We are able to offer our long-term time lapse systems in a range of configurations to suit customer needs and site conditions.  Because we can mobilise quickly and mount onto many different surfaces/structures, we mounted our first camera on the site cabins in their initial, temporary position.  As a result we ensured coverage of site from the early stages of groundworks.

Willmott Dixon’s Project Manager, Nick Preedy was keen to maximise the media potential of the construction process.  Following discussion and planning our crew focusses on capturing exactly what shots are needed on any given day.  Due to the scale of the site we committed at least two camera operators on each visit.  We achieve a more effective, efficient video capture that way.  We were thrilled to attend site no less than seven times across the build to film progress.  Each ‘on-the-ground’ visit informs a video update.  After the Sports & Wellness Hub opened to customers we finally produced our end of project video.

THE RESULTS

Our main feature (above) spans the entire construction journey of the University of Warwick’s Sports & Wellness Hub.  Together with Willmott Dixon, we planned filming to coincide with key milestones.
Namely:
initial groundworks
steel erection & concrete pouring
the topping out ceremony
glulam beams erected in the pool area and internal works
‘Water tightness’ open day
Three months to completion
• Open and operational

Our static time lapse systems ultimately offered five positions from two cameras.  These were three external views and finally, towards then end of construction, two internal.  As a result, this additional video featuring solely the ‘long term’ time lapse footage is relatively diverse in comparison against many ‘single’ camera time lapses.

“Working with the Inside Out team is always a pleasant experience.  Their planning before site visits is thorough but not onerous.  Their H&S on site is proactively thought out.  Also, the team’s execution on site always brings a smile to their audience’s faces, with a product issued efficiently and to the brief requested. Inside Out will continue to work on my projects going forward.”


Nick Preedy – Construction Manager  |  Willmott Dixon Construction

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