A New Club Entrance and Integrated Foyer
Back in August we were granted planning permission for a new foyer providing a single entrance to both the Clubhouse and to the Club and Community Indoor Training Centre. It’s taken a while, but we now also have a Building Warrant and we are delighted to announce that work will begin next week.
This means that the Club will soon have a new entrance and hall. The foyer will contain office accommodation which will provide a base for both the Clubhouse Manager and for our rugby development team which now consists of a Development Officer, a part-time Assistant Development Officer and two Modern Apprentices all promoting rugby in local schools and supporting our many volunteer coaches.
This new entrance and foyer will improve security and safety, with a new integrated alarm system. Importantly, we are also improving access for people with disabilities.
This development will enable changes to be made to the use of existing space within the Club, enabling us to move the medical room into a larger space and create a dedicated referees’ room, leaving a separate accessible toilet.
This is a another key step in our Towards 50: 2020 Project which is aimed at ensuring that our Club House is completely refreshed and developed in time for the Club’s 50th anniversary in 2020.
Temporary Arrangements – Access
The Club will be fully operational during the building programme. Once again for a couple of months we are going to have a building site in front of the Club house and we ask all members to make sure they keep clear of this.
Access to the Clubhouse during the building programme will be via the side door. Access to the Indoor Training Centre will be by the rear fire exit door, which will have key fob operation for existing key fob holders.
We’ll keep you informed on progress over the next few weeks.
How Are We paying For It?
Once again we are grateful to LandTrust who approved our application for funds by awarding us a grant of £35,000 which covers the bulk of the £41,000 build cost. In addition we have been successful in applications to Scottish Rugby’s Club Sustainability Fund and to the Hearts and Balls charity who have each awarded us grants of £2,000.
We are also entering into a new sponsorship deal with local fire protection experts FPG with “support in kind” sponsorship covering capital and revenue costs for a new integrated fire and security system for the whole facility. We are very grateful to FPG for their support and expertise in this area.
With a couple of other sponsors in the pipeline, we are confident that the work will be carried out at no financial cost to the Club.
When Does Work Begin?
West Lothian Council issued a Building Warrant for this work just before Christmas – too late for work to start in 2015.
We will be starting work on Monday 11th January with planned completion by the end of February – a 7 week period. Work is being carried out by Stewart Homes who did such a good job on the main indoor training centre. They were selected as “preferred contractor” after consultation with LandTrust, our main sponsors for this work.