McGoff and Byrne have undertaken many Sports club redevelopments in recent years and as a result of this extensive experience were appointed by the Hale Tennis Club Committee, to alter and adapt the existing club- house and associated parking facilities. The contract was let, following a two stage select tender process. The existing clubhouse was demolished to ground floor slab level and the remaining footprint extended to suit the open plan design. The club remained in full operation throughout the re-development and temporary facilities for members were established within the grounds.
The complex interface of modern materials including copper cladding, render and glass utilised on the building envelope provided a striking back drop to this historic community facility established in 1904. The design includes new changing rooms, conservatory, bar and catering facilities procured through McGoff and Byrnes robust and well regarded supply chain.
Local architects Pickard Finlason successfully defined a shared perspective of the committee, developed and communicated the design to McGoff and Byrne, who managed expectations and delivered the project on time and within budget. The works were undertaken in the closed season winter months of 2007. McGoff and Byrne managed the complex contractor design elements of the external fabric in close liaison with the Architects, to ensure the interfaces of each of the elements dove- tailed seamlessly. The end result is a state of the art facility for the members to enjoy. A Sustainable Urban Drainage System has been utilised to minimise the impact on the over-loaded existing drainage in the area. The building is well insulated and thermally efficient, with e nergy efficient heating systems, resulting in reduced energy costs.
The Club is nestled amongst a residential area and part of the brief was that the extensive works should not impact too heavily on the residents. We and the Club, through constant liaison ensured the impact was minimised on the many neighbouring residents.
Since completion, The Club has been a hive of activity coaching adults and children with a range of abilities all year around. This development is the first tennis club in the area to receive a Sports England Clubmark accreditation, backed by the LTA. This is in recognition for providing a quality environment for young people, which speaks volumes for the positive impact it has had on the local community.
The key to sustainability has been a willingness to evolve to suit the requirements of the community it serves. Over the years it has changed the grass courts to synthetic and extended its remit to facilitate other social activities and fund raising events to optimise the use of this fantastic facility. The recent post implementation review identified a requirement to improve the floodlighting which will hopefully be undertaken this year.
Other key Sports Club projects include, Mersey Valley Sports Club and Bowdon Rugby Club.