Indoor Arenas

Indoor Riding Arenas

Equine Construction work with you in the design of your indoor arena to accommodate anything from internal stabling to living accommodation and viewing galleries, all under the one roof.

Methodology

The construction of an indoor arena is based on a tried and tested methodology. Firstly, the site is identified and planning permission gained. Secondly, the topsoil is removed to an average depth of 300mm, down to a suitable sub stratum. Foundations are then dug and concrete poured to accommodate the steel stanchions that are bolted down into position.

Size

Indoor arenas are built using a steel framed building which can be manufactured to any size depending on personal requirements. Dressage arenas will typically be 60m x 20m or 40m x 20m.  However, jumping arenas will often be wider.

Groundwork

Depending on the type of ground a geotextile membrane will be laid and covered with a minimum of 150 to 200mm of crushed concrete/scalpings.  These are then well rolled to form a level surface. A further membrane will be laid and fixed securely at the edges with a minimum 300mm overlap on all joints.

Roofing

Roof structures are typically fibre cement sheets with 15/20 percent clear Perspex sheets.  This allows for as much natural light as possible.

Design

Considerations for the design often include:

  • clear sheets on the gable ends and clear sheets running in a 1m band under the eaves.  This allows for maximum natural light.
  • an open side above the kick boards and up to 1m below the eaves.  Similarly, this allows for more natural light but also adds extra ventilation.

Typically, 2 pairs of sliding doors are incorporated into the school that will be clad similarly to the rest of the indoor arena. Cladding comes in many different styles depending on budget and planner’s stipulations.  Typically, steel cladding sheets in green or brown would be used to floor level or a range of treated softwood claddings in the form of Yorkshire or Castle boarding.

Internally we offer a choice of kick boards, depending on budget, we can fit hardwood boards, curved wooden kick boards or plywood can be used. We recommend kick boards are sloping for reasons of safety.

An area worth careful consideration to avoid shadows on the surface of the arena. 

LED lights, while expensive to buy, offer lower running costs than some alternatives.

In a typical 60m x 20m arena you need 4 lines of 10 lights giving you light lux level of 200 lumens at ground level.

At Equine Construction  we work with a number of leading surface manufacturers, with the aim of providing you with the ideal surface for you and your horses.  In addition to this, we are happy to work with our client’s choice of manufacturer.
 
The quality of your arena surface is vital to the soundness and comfort of your horse.  Many elements including your discipline and the regularity of use need to be taken into account when choosing your surface.
 
We recommend pre- mixed silica sand and fibre surfaces.  These are available
in various options from un-waxed, lightly waxed, through to the more heavily waxed competition grade surfaces.
 
For indoor arenas we always recommend the use of a waxed surface unless an
irrigation system is used.  The wax helps prevent dust and also prevents
excessive movement of the surface.

 

CONSTRUCTION

Methodology

The construction of an indoor arena is based on a tried and tested methodology. Firstly, the site is identified and planning permission gained. Secondly, the topsoil is removed to an average depth of 300mm, down to a suitable sub stratum. Foundations are then dug and concrete poured to accommodate the steel stanchions that are bolted down into position.

Size

Indoor arenas are built using a steel framed building which can be manufactured to any size depending on personal requirements. Dressage arenas will typically be 60m x 20m or 40m x 20m.  However, jumping arenas will often be wider.

Groundwork

Depending on the type of ground a geotextile membrane will be laid and covered with a minimum of 150 to 200mm of crushed concrete/scalpings.  These are then well rolled to form a level surface. A further membrane will be laid and fixed securely at the edges with a minimum 300mm overlap on all joints.

Roofing

Roof structures are typically fibre cement sheets with 15/20 percent clear Perspex sheets.  This allows for as much natural light as possible.

Design

Considerations for the design often include:

  • clear sheets on the gable ends and clear sheets running in a 1m band under the eaves.  This allows for maximum natural light.
  • an open side above the kick boards and up to 1m below the eaves.  Similarly, this allows for more natural light but also adds extra ventilation.

Typically, 2 pairs of sliding doors are incorporated into the school that will be clad similarly to the rest of the indoor arena. Cladding comes in many different styles depending on budget and planner’s stipulations.  Typically, steel cladding sheets in green or brown would be used to floor level or a range of treated softwood claddings in the form of Yorkshire or Castle boarding.

Internally we offer a choice of kick boards, depending on budget, we can fit hardwood boards, curved wooden kick boards or plywood can be used. We recommend kick boards are sloping for reasons of safety.

LIGHTING

An area worth careful consideration to avoid shadows on the surface of the arena. 

LED lights, while expensive to buy, offer lower running costs than some alternatives.

In a typical 60m x 20m arena you need 4 lines of 10 lights giving you light lux level of 200 lumens at ground level.

ARENA SURFACE
At Equine Construction  we work with a number of leading surface manufacturers, with the aim of providing you with the ideal surface for you and your horses.  In addition to this, we are happy to work with our client’s choice of manufacturer.
 
The quality of your arena surface is vital to the soundness and comfort of your horse.  Many elements including your discipline and the regularity of use need to be taken into account when choosing your surface.
 
We recommend pre- mixed silica sand and fibre surfaces.  These are available
in various options from un-waxed, lightly waxed, through to the more heavily waxed competition grade surfaces.
 
For indoor arenas we always recommend the use of a waxed surface unless an
irrigation system is used.  The wax helps prevent dust and also prevents
excessive movement of the surface.

 

VIEW SOME OF OUR INDOOR ARENA WORK