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AR were involved in a multi-million pound redevelopment of Kenilworth’s leisure facilities by demolishing the existing facilities over two sites, Castle Farm Leisure Centre and Abbey Fields swimming pools, and preparing the ground for the future development.


  • Management of local ecology impact.
  • Working on a Scheduled Ancient Monument site of Abbey Fields Park, a site also prone to flooding.
  • Ensuring the play equipment area remained open, to assist our client and maintain access for local residents.



Abbey Fields swimming pools sat within the mature Abbey Fields Park part of a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

  • Originally the programme to deconstruct the existing swimming pool facilities was 21 weeks but upon our discovery of extensive medieval ruins, this programme time was extended to ensure the careful removal of the building’s modern foundations from around medieval foundations in liaison and under guidance from the relevant organisations and authorities. We successfully removed the modern structure, preserved the medieval discoveries and prepared the ground, completing the enabling works for the construction phase.

Castle Farm Leisure Centre

  • Ensuring the protection of local wildlife, the existing structure was successfully demolished and the ground prepared for the next phase.

Sequence of Works:

  • Site establishment and tree protection.
  • Installation of silt and wildlife fencing with approval of ecologist prior to works commencing.
  • Soft strip of internal fittings.
  • Deconstruction of main steel frame structure utilising dust suppression equipment.
  • Removal of slab and foundations, however for Abbey Fields we core drilled first, then used remote controlled Brokk machines to remove sections prior to carefully lifting the remaining foundations without damaging the medieval ruins.
  • Material processing for recycling off site.
  • Ground preparation.


Castle Farm Leisure Centre demolition was completed a week ahead of schedule.

Despite the discovery of medieval ruins at the site of Abbey Fields swimming pools, we assisted our client Warwick District Council and worked closely with Historic England and Archaeology Warwickshire to ensure the discoveries were preserved to the required standards and enabled the site to be suitably prepared for the next phase of development.

Client Testimonial

"I am delighted to recommend AR in the highest possible terms. At Castle Farm they found innovative solutions to working quickly and effectively in order to ensure a prompt start and a finish ahead of programme.

At Abbey Fields they responded with professionalism and unrivalled flexibility to the unexpected discovery of extensive medieval remains. They worked closely with the project team, Historic England and Archaeology Warwickshire to undertake an extremely complicated removal of modern structures from amongst the medieval remains whilst leaving the remains in situ for future generations and then prepared the site for the new construction. A hugely complex task completed with accuracy, care and good humour throughout."

Padraig Herlihy, Programme Manager

Warwick District Council

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