Rehabilitation of the Lonay sports and leisure center: bringing different uses together
Name of the project: Lonay sports and leisure center
Location city/canton: Lonay, canton of Vaud
Type of project: Public space
Project start date: 2013
Delivery date: 2018
Surface area of the AMEX project: 33,500 m2
SIA phases: 31 to 53 according to SIA105
Architect: Brodard and Billiaert architects
Partner company: Nicolas Fehlmann Ingénieurs Conseils SA
✔️ Integrate the sports and leisure center into a residential context.
✔️ Ensure the harmonious cohabitation of different sporting uses.
✔️ Question initial uses to propose a new layout.
✔️ Take advantage of the topography to play with level differences.
This restructuring project for a sports and leisure area is located in Lonay, in the canton of Vaud. The center includes a wide range of facilities with football, tennis, pétanque, running, long jump, as well as a sports hall. As the amenities, the refreshment bar and the changing rooms are aging, the municipality initially called on our office to question the feasibility of a redesign project.
During this first stage, we identified the needs of the various stakeholders (sports clubs, associations, schools, etc.) and drew up an inventory to propose an overall plan of what the sports and leisure area could become, taking into account has a complex topography. Seduced by our proposal, the municipality launched a call for tenders to which we responded with a group of agents. Our initial involvement in defining the vision of the project certainly helped us to win this second mandate.
Transform an aging sports and leisure area into a dynamic and meeting center
With the exception of the sports building, the entire sports area has been completely redesigned and redeveloped.
One of the needs of the municipality of Lonay was to maintain the presence of two football fields. These two grass pitches were constrained by the weather conditions. We proposed replacing one of the pitches with synthetic to allow more intensive use throughout the year, while reviewing the templates in order to make them correspond to the standards of the Swiss Football Association. The two tennis courts have also been renovated to provide a more suitable playing surface, while reducing maintenance needs. The pétanque has a dedicated area which can be extended if necessary to host large-scale tournaments.
In addition to these sports facilities, a free-use grass area has been created with a reinforced surface to accommodate various events and municipal activities. Connecting these different uses, the refreshment bar is developed at the heart of the project, facing a panoramic view of the landscape of the lake and the Alps.
The idea is to create a plant screen around the site to promote the landscape integration of the sports complex. Many trees have been planted on the outskirts, particularly on the north side surrounding a residential area of villas. Embankments, meadows and wooded areas complete the plant palette and contribute to the shade of children's play areas.
Concerning mobility, the crucial issue for this type of project lies in the management of parking spaces and accessibility for people with reduced mobility. During sporting events, the complex must be able to facilitate and streamline vehicle traffic. Parking lots have been created behind the main building and along the road to the southwest to minimize the impact on surrounding residential areas.