Clubhouse Development Programme – Progress Continues
We are pleased to inform members that full planning consent has now been received from Central Bedfordshire for the detailed plans that were submitted. These covered the works that had been highlighted on the scrolling display in the Clubhouse foyer during the early part of the summer:
In addition to these works, there is also the bar refurbishments and fabric repair schedules, but these elements did not require planning permission.
Since then, the House Sub-Committee has been working with our architects, Vincent and Gorbing Limited, to establish the best way forward now that planning consent has been received.
We have looked at various alternatives, including “design and build”, traditional “architect-led”, and have concluded that our needs would be best suited by using an approach that uses the “architect-led” methodology, but that is modified to make the architect the lead consultant, who will then be responsible for selection of other professionals, preparation of tender documents, advice on constructor selection and management of the project through to completion. This approach has now been endorsed by the full General Committee.
Based upon that we have now commenced a due diligence exercise on the selection of the architect to partner with us for the remainder of the project. Naturally, Vincent and Gorbing will be included, but we will also be seeking quotations from other architectural practices.
Our original hope was that we would be able to start on the works in September 2018. This now looks unlikely to be achieved. As part of our planning, we will be looking at disruption mitigation strategies that might enable us to commence work during the latter part of this year or early next year. However, if these are unable to support a substantial continuation of the Club’s business and activities, it may be necessary to defer commencement to September 2019.
Your Committee would like to thank you all for your support to get us to this stage and we now look forward to delivering the benefits we have deliberated on for so long.
Head of House,