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Building our future

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.

Main playing room - December 7
Main playing room - December 7

 

This is the main play area awaiting it's 16 tables & 64 chairs

Middle room - December 7
Middle room - December 7

 

The middle room looking towards the new courtyard

Front room - December 7
Front room - December 7

 

The completed front room looking towards Banbury Rd

The kitchen - December 7
The kitchen - December 7

 

The kitchen with new coffee machine on the right on the counter at the rear wall

MG room storage - December 7
MG room storage - December 7

 

These are large storage cupboards in the MG room. Space for all our clutter!

New chairs: 104 of them - December 7
New chairs: 104 of them - December 7

 

These are the new chairs for 26 tables. Two colours - possibly one for EW and one for NS

Hoarding has gone - November 29
Hoarding has gone - November 29

 

The refurbishment is nearing completion - the forecourt hoarding has gone!

Playroom lights being installed - November 29
Playroom lights being installed - November 29

 

The new playroom pendant lights being installed - they will form a complete rectangle around the ceiling

MG room cupboards being painted - November 29
MG room cupboards being painted - November 29

 

The storage cupboards for the MG room being painted

Main corridor taking shape - November 29
Main corridor taking shape - November 29

 

The main corridor now painted and cupboard doors installed

Front room decorated - November 26
Front room decorated - November 26

 

The front room is being decorated, and you can see the new pendant lighting now installed

Bicycle park! - November 26
Bicycle park! - November 26

 

The area behind the garages is where bikes will be parked - preparations underway

Kitchen installed - November 26
Kitchen installed - November 26

 

All the kitchen units and the quartz worktop are now installed

Digital playroom environment controls - November 26
Digital playroom environment controls - November 26

 

These are the controls for the new playroom heating and ventilation - plenty of scope for arguments here!

Hearing loop being installed - November 20
Hearing loop being installed - November 20

 

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.

Data network wiring - 20 November
Data network wiring - 20 November

 

The copper wires of hearing loop waiting to be connected to the new data network.

Doors between front and middle rooms - November 20
Doors between front and middle rooms - November 20

 

The new doors bertween front and middle rooms now being installed

Main corridor now has plastered walls - November 20
Main corridor now has plastered walls - November 20

 

The front end of main corridor walls now plastered, and pocket doors covered in

Playroom signature coloured wall - November 14
Playroom signature coloured wall - November 14

 

The wall next to kitchen painted in the signature colour for the new clubhouse.

Playroom now decorated - November 14
Playroom now decorated - November 14

 

The walls and ceiling now decorated. The grill being fitted is for the air ducting.

Kitchen being built - November 14
Kitchen being built - November 14

 

The kitchen units being fitted.  Quartz worktop to follow after templating

Front room pocket doors - November 14
Front room pocket doors - November 14

 

The pocket doors to front room now fitted - much wider access for disabled players

Courtyard now paved - November 14
Courtyard now paved - November 14

 

The courtyard is now paved and just awaits the outdoor lights

Rear paving - November 14
Rear paving - November 14

 

This is the rear of the new extension. Bikes will be stored round the corner to the right, behind next door's garages

Side paving - November 14
Side paving - November 14

 

View of new paving down the side of the extension

Playroom walls being plastered - November 5
Playroom walls being plastered - November 5
Kitchen now has walls - November 5
Kitchen now has walls - November 5

 

The plasterboard walls in kitchen/social area now installed

Middle room progress - November 5
Middle room progress - November 5

 

Wiring for lights and new doorway to middle room underway

Cupboard for boiler - November 5
Cupboard for boiler - November 5

 

This is the cupboard for all the heating controls, and will also have a sink for the cleaner installed

Unisex toilet block - November 5
Unisex toilet block - November 5

 

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)

Playroom ceiling installation - October 25
Playroom ceiling installation - October 25

 

The ceiling in the playroom being installed. Note the air ducting is now insulated.

Frame for front room doors - October 25
Frame for front room doors - October 25

 

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

A new toilet cubicle - October 25
A new toilet cubicle - October 25

 

This is one of the five new toilet cubicles being constructed - they are quite "snug". There is also one much larger disabled toilet

Playroom air ducting - October 21
Playroom air ducting - October 21

 

The new playroom now has floor level with the old part of the clubhouse, and large air ducts are being installed in ceiling

Garden wall now complete - October 21
Garden wall now complete - October 21

 

The south garden wall is now complete, and has been raised in height in the courtyard area for extra privacy

Courtyard space - October 21
Courtyard space - October 21

 

The scaffolding has gone, and courtyard is now complete except for paving.

Pump and heat exchange equipment - October 21
Pump and heat exchange equipment - October 21

 

This is the 200Kg of air pump and heat exchange equipment installed in ceiling above the kitchen

Playroom roof lights - October 21
Playroom roof lights - October 21

 

Theses are the finished rooflights, which really do give good natural light to the new play area

Corridor cupboard being fitted - October 21
Corridor cupboard being fitted - October 21

 

The cupboard in corridor next to kitchen area being fitted for underfloor heating controls and gas boiler.

Middle room French windows - October 10
Middle room French windows - October 10

 

 

These are the new middle room French windows to the external courtyard.

Playing area with underfloor heating - October 10
Playing area with underfloor heating - October 10

 

The new playing room now has windows and doors, and underfloor heating pipes now in place

New toilet cubicles - October 10
New toilet cubicles - October 10

 

The first set of toilet cubicles taking shape, the disabled cubicle is at the rear.

Extension roof complete - October 10
Extension roof complete - October 10

 

The extension roof now completed - the roof lights now fitted.

Glass doors to courtyard - October 10
Glass doors to courtyard - October 10

 

View from social area through glass doors to courtyard

View from roof scaffolding - October 10
View from roof scaffolding - October 10

 

A view from the scaffolding of the social area roof and the middle room French windows onto courtyard

New extension taking shape - October 1
New extension taking shape - October 1

 

 

A view of the new playing and social areas with roof now on.

Playing area with new roof - October 1
Playing area with new roof - October 1

 

This shows the new playing room with large spaces in the roof for roof lights.

Extension roof tiling in progress - October 1
Extension roof tiling in progress - October 1
Roof over social area - October 1
Roof over social area - October 1

 

 

This is a view of the social area as seen from new playing room

Courtyard area - October 1
Courtyard area - October 1

 

Courtyard area seen from social area - there will be glass walls when finished.

Middle room being used as a workshop - October 1
Middle room being used as a workshop - October 1

 

This shows the middle room currently being used for storage and as a workshop.

View from Flat A to new roof timbers - September 18
View from Flat A to new roof timbers - September 18

 

 

A view from 1st floor flat to the roof timbers being installed.

View along new roof timbers - September 18
View along new roof timbers - September 18

 

 

This is a view from rear of building along the new roof.

New roof timbers - September 18
New roof timbers - September 18

 

A view of the new roof timbers from the rear of the new extension.

Where ventilation equipment will go - September 18
Where ventilation equipment will go - September 18

 

The space between the steels and the roof timbers, above the kitchen, is where the ventilation/air exchange equipment will go.

New playing room under roof - September 18
New playing room under roof - September 18

 

This is the new playing room, seen from what will be the courtyard, under the new roof (and supporting platform for the carpenters).

Another view of the roof steels - September 5
Another view of the roof steels - September 5

 

The roof steels seen from the kitchen area.

Roof steels again - September 5
Roof steels again - September 5

 

This is a view of the new roof structure from the rear of the new extension.

View from middle room - September 5
View from middle room - September 5

 

 

This is a view from middle room, showing the new pocket doorway.

Internal ceiling supports - September 5
Internal ceiling supports - September 5

 

The new steel supports for the ceiling over the old ladies toilets.

New corridor looking from rear - September 5
New corridor looking from rear - September 5

 

The view along the corridor, looking from the rear.

New corridor looking from front door - September 5
New corridor looking from front door - September 5

 

The corridor seen from the front door.

Courtyard area seen from kitchen - September 5
Courtyard area seen from kitchen - September 5

 

This is the courtyard area behind the middle room,

with Diana, and Katy from the architects to give some sense of scale.

Extension roof steels in place - September 4
Extension roof steels in place - September 4

 

 

The steel supports for the roof of the new extension were fitted today.

View from first floor flat - August 18
View from first floor flat - August 18

 

This is the latest view from the first floor flat - it gives a good overall view of the new works.

Old ladies toilets demolished - 15 August
Old ladies toilets demolished - 15 August

 

After the corridor was straightened, the old ladies toilet cubicles have been demolished.

Corridor rear exit completed - 15 August
Corridor rear exit completed - 15 August

 

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.

Extension walls nearing completion - 15 August
Extension walls nearing completion - 15 August

 

The extension walls now nearly complete and ready for the roof steels to be added next week.

Corridor now straightened - 15 August
Corridor now straightened - 15 August

 

The corridor is now straight and passes through where the old mens' toilet was ...

New entrance to front room - 2 August
New entrance to front room - 2 August

 

This large space is where the pocket door to front room will go.

Extension walls now rising - 27 July
Extension walls now rising - 27 July

 

Extension floor now concreted and walls rising!

Rear walls of extension - 27 July
Rear walls of extension - 27 July

 

This is the view of the new block's rear wall being built.

Nwe middle room brickwork - 27 July
Nwe middle room brickwork - 27 July

 

The proposed French window entrance to middle room being worked on.

Inside middle room - 27 July
Inside middle room - 27 July

 

The new and old middle room entrance doorways.

Promoting beginners events on the hoarding - 25th July
Promoting beginners events on the hoarding - 25th July

Time to tell new players how they can learn to play bridge.

Ready to concrete floor of extension - 19 July
Ready to concrete floor of extension - 19 July

 

This is the area of the extension, ready to be concreted tomorrow

 

Gap in front room wall for new sliding doors - 19 July
Gap in front room wall for new sliding doors - 19 July

 

This gap in the front room wall is where the new sliding doors will go - note the new large supporting steel above the gap!

Courtyard area - 19 July
Courtyard area - 19 July

 

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 - 19 July
Corridor ready for demolition - 19 July

 

Corridor ready for demolition. Note on the left the bricked up old doorway into the middle room.

Construction going up not down - 9 July
Construction going up not down - 9 July

 

Garden wall foundations being built

Start of rear block construction - 9 July
Start of rear block construction - 9 July

 

This is the foundation at the SE corner of the new rear block

Courtyard area marked out - 9 July
Courtyard area marked out - 9 July

 

This is the area where the outdoor courtyard will be

Construction started - 29 June
Construction started - 29 June

 

The footing trenches have now been filled with concrete.

Internal walls braced for new door openings - 29 June
Internal walls braced for new door openings - 29 June

 

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.

Trench for foundations - 19th June
Trench for foundations - 19th June

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.

Along the south boundary - 19th June
Along the south boundary - 19th June

The south wall will be rebuilt after the foundations go in.

Updated view of the rear face of the building - 19th June
Updated view of the rear face of the building - 19th June

View from the end of the garden.

Internal works along the corridor - 19th June
Internal works along the corridor - 19th June

Supports installed while the wall is modified.

Preparing to alter the internal layout - 19th June
Preparing to alter the internal layout - 19th June

Preparing to alter the door position.

From the end of the garden - 1st June
From the end of the garden - 1st June

View into the club

Conveyor belt - 29th May
Conveyor belt - 29th May

Earth moving equipment in the front room.

No bar now! - 29th May
No bar now! - 29th May

Kitchen extension now gone.

Garden area dug out -29th May
Garden area dug out -29th May

View from the club.

Demolition in Progress - 16th May

 

Danger - 15th May
Danger - 15th May

Warning sign in the hallway.

Old kitchen - 14th May
Old kitchen - 14th May

Mid May and the old kitchen is just a shell.

The old porch window - 14th May
The old porch window - 14th May

Can you work out where this is?

Rear view of the property - 13th May
Rear view of the property - 13th May

The conservatory is completely gone now!

The conservatory is mostly gone - 4th May
The conservatory is mostly gone - 4th May

View from the middle room into the partly demolished conservatory.

Internal works to the ceilings and partitions - 3rd May
Internal works to the ceilings and partitions - 3rd May

View from the womens' toilets across the old corridor into the mens's toilets.

Final signatures - 25th April
Final signatures - 25th April

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.

Our builders get ready to start the project - 21st April

 

The builders set up hoarding at the front of the building to enclose the working area.

Ready for the builders to start work on 147 Banbury Road - 20th April

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. 

Easter Monday - First session at OCFC - 2nd April

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!

Our temporary home at OCFC

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.