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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.

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

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

 

 

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

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.