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On this page we are charting the progress of our building project. Planning for this started in 2010 with building finally starting in April 2018! The news items are arranged with the newest first.
The architect's concept of the new part of the refurbished and extended building is illustrated to the right.
This is the main play area awaiting it's 16 tables & 64 chairs
The middle room looking towards the new courtyard
The completed front room looking towards Banbury Rd
The kitchen with new coffee machine on the right on the counter at the rear wall
These are large storage cupboards in the MG room. Space for all our clutter!
These are the new chairs for 26 tables. Two colours - possibly one for EW and one for NS
The refurbishment is nearing completion - the forecourt hoarding has gone!
The new playroom pendant lights being installed - they will form a complete rectangle around the ceiling
The storage cupboards for the MG room being painted
The main corridor now painted and cupboard doors installed
The front room is being decorated, and you can see the new pendant lighting now installed
The area behind the garages is where bikes will be parked - preparations underway
All the kitchen units and the quartz worktop are now installed
This is the vew from the kitchen into the new playroom
These are the controls for the new playroom heating and ventilation - plenty of scope for arguments here!
These are the copper wire tapes of the hearing loop being installed on floor of main playroom.
On the right at the back, you can just see a bit of the new wood effect flooring now going in.
The copper wires of hearing loop waiting to be connected to the new data network.
The new doors bertween front and middle rooms now being installed
The front end of main corridor walls now plastered, and pocket doors covered in
The wall next to kitchen painted in the signature colour for the new clubhouse.
The walls and ceiling now decorated. The grill being fitted is for the air ducting.
The kitchen units being fitted. Quartz worktop to follow after templating
The pocket doors to front room now fitted - much wider access for disabled players
The courtyard is now paved and just awaits the outdoor lights
This is the rear of the new extension. Bikes will be stored round the corner to the right, behind next door's garages
View of new paving down the side of the extension
The plasterboard walls in kitchen/social area now installed
Wiring for lights and new doorway to middle room underway
This is the cupboard for all the heating controls, and will also have a sink for the cleaner installed
This is the block of three unisex toilet cubicles next to the kitchen (the wall on the left is the rear wall of the kitchen)
The ceiling in the playroom being installed. Note the air ducting is now insulated.
The front and middle rooms will have split pocket doors which slide into their frames to give much wider access than the old single doors
This is one of the five new toilet cubicles being constructed - they are quite "snug". There is also one much larger disabled toilet
The new playroom now has floor level with the old part of the clubhouse, and large air ducts are being installed in ceiling
The south garden wall is now complete, and has been raised in height in the courtyard area for extra privacy
The scaffolding has gone, and courtyard is now complete except for paving.
This is the 200Kg of air pump and heat exchange equipment installed in ceiling above the kitchen
Theses are the finished rooflights, which really do give good natural light to the new play area
The cupboard in corridor next to kitchen area being fitted for underfloor heating controls and gas boiler.
These are the new middle room French windows to the external courtyard.
The new playing room now has windows and doors, and underfloor heating pipes now in place
The first set of toilet cubicles taking shape, the disabled cubicle is at the rear.
The extension roof now completed - the roof lights now fitted.
View from social area through glass doors to courtyard
A view from the scaffolding of the social area roof and the middle room French windows onto courtyard
A view of the new playing and social areas with roof now on.
This shows the new playing room with large spaces in the roof for roof lights.
This is a view of the social area as seen from new playing room
Courtyard area seen from social area - there will be glass walls when finished.
This shows the middle room currently being used for storage and as a workshop.
A view from 1st floor flat to the roof timbers being installed.
This is a view from rear of building along the new roof.
A view of the new roof timbers from the rear of the new extension.
The space between the steels and the roof timbers, above the kitchen, is where the ventilation/air exchange equipment will go.
This is the new playing room, seen from what will be the courtyard, under the new roof (and supporting platform for the carpenters).
The roof steels seen from the kitchen area.
This is a view of the new roof structure from the rear of the new extension.
This is a view from middle room, showing the new pocket doorway.
The new steel supports for the ceiling over the old ladies toilets.
The view along the corridor, looking from the rear.
The corridor seen from the front door.
This is the courtyard area behind the middle room,
with Diana, and Katy from the architects to give some sense of scale.
The steel supports for the roof of the new extension were fitted today.
This is the latest view from the first floor flat - it gives a good overall view of the new works.
After the corridor was straightened, the old ladies toilet cubicles have been demolished.
The new corridor exit now visible and middle room French window space completed.
Compare to view from 27 July, where corridor exit was several feet to the left.
The extension walls now nearly complete and ready for the roof steels to be added next week.
The corridor is now straight and passes through where the old mens' toilet was ...
This large space is where the pocket door to front room will go.
Extension floor now concreted and walls rising!
This is the view of the new block's rear wall being built.
The proposed French window entrance to middle room being worked on.
The new and old middle room entrance doorways.
Time to tell new players how they can learn to play bridge.
This is the area of the extension, ready to be concreted tomorrow
This gap in the front room wall is where the new sliding doors will go - note the new large supporting steel above the gap!
This is where the courtyard will go - it is misleading but at the moment it looks so small compared to the new rear extension
Corridor ready for demolition. Note on the left the bricked up old doorway into the middle room.
Garden wall foundations being built
This is the foundation at the SE corner of the new rear block
This is the area where the outdoor courtyard will be
The footing trenches have now been filled with concrete.
The rear and side wall of middle room braced so that door openings can be cut and load bearing walls removed to straighten the corridor.
Starting on the footings for the new part of the building. The stack of bricks is where the bicycle racks will go when the building is finished.
The south wall will be rebuilt after the foundations go in.
View from the end of the garden.
Supports installed while the wall is modified.
Preparing to alter the door position.
View into the club
Earth moving equipment in the front room.
Kitchen extension now gone.
View from the club.
Warning sign in the hallway.
Mid May and the old kitchen is just a shell.
Can you work out where this is?
The conservatory is completely gone now!
View from the middle room into the partly demolished conservatory.
View from the womens' toilets across the old corridor into the mens's toilets.
The Trustees of the club have met more frequently than usual over the last 5 months - 8 meetings between early December and early May. This photo shows our Chairman (Pat Lewis) and Treasurer (Chris Kerr) signing the final documents on behalf of the Trustees after the meeting on 25th April 2018.
We have retained architects Gray Baynes + Shew for the project. Further details about GBS are on their website.
Our builders are a local company called Wooldridge and Simpson. Further details about WS are on their website.
Finance for the project is arranged with Charity Bank.
The builders set up hoarding at the front of the building to enclose the working area.
The first step on the project is preliminary work on the electricity distribution panel prior to specialist contractors coming in the following week to remove asbestos ceiling panels in the existing ground floor.
Our first session at Oxford City Football Club took place on Easter Monday. The room is laid out with 15 tables and there is still a little space to move about!
Over the Easter weekend a group of volunteers collected everything we need to play bridge from the club house and transported it to our temporary home at Oxford City Football Club in Marsh Lane. As of mid-afternoon on Easter Sunday all is ready for playing bridge as you can see from the photos below.
Many thanks to all who helped. From the door of the room you can see a partial view of the main pitch where the football takes place.
For those who would like to know more abouit our hosts you can click go to the Oxford City Football Club website. See fixtures and results.