• Housing Excellence Partnering Scheme of the Year 2012
  • LABC Built in Quality Awards Finalists 2015
  • CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Finalist 2012
  • ROSPA 2013 Silver Award Winner
  • CAESER Scores Cruden 92% for Developing Work Force Skills
  • Leaders in Diversity Accredited
  • Reducing our carbon footprint by 5% annually
  • Investors in People Accredited Company
  • Winner 2012 Constructing Excellence Awards - Leadership & People Development
  • Health and Safety OHSAS 18001:2007 Accredited
  • Environmental ISO 14001:2004 Accredited
  • Quality Assurance ISO 9001:2008 Accredited
  • Safe Contractor Approved
  • Positive About Disabled People Accredited Organisation
  • 55m Group Turnover in 2014
  • CSCS Platinum Status - over 90% of our staff are registered
  • Supporting Apprenticeships and Training
  • 250 skilled and qualified construction professionals employed
  • Dedicated staff volunteering scheme - Escalate in the Community
  • Winner 2012 Salford Business Awards - Community Award
  • International CSR Excellence Gold Award Winner 2015
Thursday 21st February 2013

Fit City Pool, Salford

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"Where problems arose, Crudens were willing to work with ourselves and Urban Vision to resolve issues for the benefit of all of the parties. Due to the nature of our business there was a requirement to have the work completed as quickly as possible, as well as have a partial opening of a Fitness Suite that was vital to our business. The construction programme reflected this and Crudens were able to deliver this partial opening.


Both partners worked together to ensure that there were no problems when the public started to use the facility. Health and Safety of the public was paramount and even though they were still on site for a few months, there was little interference to the running of the facility. The construction work was completed on time even though there were added extras to the contract. The people who managed the project were easy to work with, helpful and professional."

Ann Oakes, Principal Projects Officer, Salford City Council


The refurbishment and alterations to Worsley Swimming Pool and Sports Centre delivered through Salford City Council's 'Rethinking Construction Framework' £500k to £5m, has created a modern public swimming, fitness and leisure facility to rival the very best in the private sector and at a substantially lower cost to users from the local community. The works utilised the existing shell of a 1937 swimming pool, extended in the 1970's for dry sports.

The facilities within the refurbished buildings were designed by Salford City Council's design partners – Urban Vision Partnership in close collaboration with the Salford Community Leisure.

Prior to construction, we worked in close collaboration with the client and designers to complete a Big Lottery Bid, supplying budget costs and completing a range of value engineering exercises to allow the project to meet the client's restricted budget and to provide higher quality where possible. For example, we recommended that an existing learner pool should be de-constructed and re-cast to provide a higher quality tank and finished tiled pool rather than attempt to line the existing structure with an epoxy resin coating. This has increased the life expectancy of the pool and has reduced maintenance costs. If the epoxy resin solution had been employed then the pool would be required to be drained and maintained and re-filled once every five years.

The reinstatement of existing roof level glazing (hidden by false ceilings) has maximised the use of natural light. The use of a glazed entrance leading to reception and glazed viewing wall to the main pool all enhance this theme which saves money and creates better working and leisure environments.

A new communal changing area incorporates accommodation for school changing.

The complete re-roofing of the building and the removal of asbestos provides a secure building with lower risk in use. The roofing system employed has not only vastly increased the thermal efficiency of the building but also, due to complying with the requirements of the manufacturer, has a 25 year guarantee.

Structural works to remove an existing floor in the 1970's extension has ensured the new dry side facilities, gymnasium and dance studio are both modern and airy.

The new mechanical and electrical installations have greatly reduced the carbon footprint of the complex. The new installation has made use of high efficiency and low emission gas-fired boilers and both the heating and hot water systems are thermostatically controlled locally to enable greater efficiency. The lighting installations have been designed with energy efficiency in mind.

Wherever possible recycled material, such as stone filling has been utilised and all timber is from sustainable sources governed under the FSC (Forrest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forrest Certification).

Salford City Council Rethinking Construction Framework Project KPI's
KPI 1 Customer Satisfaction (End User & Commissioning Officer) Target 80% - Cruden Achievement – Passed
KPI 2 Time Predictability – Target – Completion on time – Cruden Achievement – Passed
KPI 3 Safety – Target – 15% better than National average – Cruden Achievement – Not Achieved (One reportable incident still resulted in an AIR better than National Average however not 15% better)
KPI 4 Defects at Handover – Target – Zero Defects – Cruden Achievement - Passed

Community Benefits

  • 31% or £919,290 of the contract value placed with local subcontractors and suppliers.
  • 27 operatives including 3 new job starts representing 9% of operatives employed on site were local people. 13 local subcontractors and 49 local suppliers were employed on the scheme.
  • 2 Trainee's and 2 Apprentices employed on the scheme.

RIDDOR Accidents - One
Health & Safety Accident Frequency Rate – 1.0364
Health & Safety Accident Incident Rate – 1960.78
Waste Recycling % of all waste from our direct works – 71%

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