A Clubhouse for the 21st Century
In September 1985 I was asked by the then Commodore, the late Mr John Moss, to design the clubhouse that you see today. At that time the Borough Council insisted that the design should be single storey, must be red brick with a slate roof and most importantly have a Victorian external appearance to blend with the other buildings in the town……… thankfully that thinking has gone and we are now encouraged to be bolder with our designs.
At the outset of our plans for the future we opted for the demolition of the entire clubhouse and the construction of a new purpose built clubhouse. Sadly these plans had to be abandoned due to high build costs and lack of funding from the Lottery folk.
This led us to consider keeping the existing structure, remodelling the old building and incorporating new technology and facilities. After much burning of midnight oil and discussions with the Planning Office and the Civic Society we have produced a scheme our Committee feel will serve us well for many years to come. I am pleased to report that the Borough Council were delighted with the scheme and Planning Permission has been granted.
The design consists of retaining the existing outer shell and the construction of a new first floor over.
The ground floor will be remodelled and largely devoted to entrance foyer with stairs and lift to the first floor and much improved toilet and changing facilities for members and guests.
On the first floor there will be a large open plan lounge, bar, television lounge, kitchen with dining facilities, and an area set aside for training our youngsters. The key feature of the first floor will be a large external balcony accessed off the lounge which will provide views out over our stunning coastline and sailing area. Sketch drawings and Planning Applications were prepared and submitted by Calvert Brain and Fraulo Architectural Ltd and are shown herewith.
We will be adding more pictures to the Gallery below as we have them.