Building back Better and Smarter
Now that things are progressing with the new clubhouse, our aim will be to provide monthly updates from the Project Team/Committee through the blog.
New Clubhouse Plans
The Special General meeting took place on Wednesday, 6th April to present the exciting new clubhouse plans from our appointed architects, Oberlanders.
A vote was taken by members who attended the meeting on the proposals with the majority decision that the main lounge will face north with the “members” bar area to the south.
There was also a vote on the style of the interior with members selecting a Mid-Century Modern look.
Oberlanders acknowledged the positive response to the presentation and were pleased with how the meeting progressed. All comments given by members will be taken on board and progressed in partnership with the project team. The key themes were around:
- Building size and scale
- Sustainability, specifically relating to air source heating
- Outdoor space
The positive feedback received from members both at the meeting and after has been really encouraging and it’s great to see so many members engaged with the project.
What’s Happening and What’s Next
Progress continues to be made and the project timeline is broadly in scope, however it’s anticipated that this may be revised once we reach the stage of requesting planning permission and building warrants. However, the Project Team will ensure that all actions are progressed promptly at our end to keep the project on target as much as possible.
In terms of progressing with the build itself, 4 building contractors have been formally approached and advised of the scope of the contract and its intended on-site start date. All contractors have confirmed receipt of the information and acknowledged on-site start date projections.
Each have advised they would welcome tender documentation once the club are in a position for this to be circulated. The tender documentation will not be complete until final designs have been approved by both Planning and Building Control.
We recently submitted a pre-planning application to West Lothian Council which is a high level process to make sure we are on the right track prior to seeking detailed planning permissions. We expect to have a response from the Council during June.
This submission included a schematic of external design and finishes as shown below.
In the meantime, we continue to progress design development work, especially on the bar area where we are keen to reflect as many of the wishes of members as possible.
The detailed design will be continually revised and tweaked, as time goes on, as a result of, for example, planning requirements and also the architect’s/project team’s own thinking.
We are in the process of appointing a structural engineer, which will help develop cost plans.
You’ll have seen the works to get mains power to the car park and starter’s bothy. We are now in a position to obtain a new electricity supply contract and we hope to have everything up and running in June.
Lee Rhind, 1997 Club Champion, who now lives in Texas, organised a fundraising page in the aftermath of the clubhouse fire. Lee raised a sum of just under £3k which has now been transferred to the club for use on the Clubhouse Project. We are extremely grateful for this gesture and a letter of thanks, on behalf of the club, has been sent to Lee.
The Project Team/Committee continue to explore all potential funding avenues and a club member with experience in this area has kindly volunteered to assist with this.
The Club’s first fundraising event will be held on Sunday, 3rd July at Livingston FC stadium, Almondvale Suite.
Tickets will be £30 per person which will include a two course meal with entertainment provided.
118 4-balls will be auctioned on the day with some of the courses being amongst the most prestigious courses in Scotland including two Open championship venues. More details will follow about what will be on offer on the day.
Tickets for Ladies, Gents, members and guests are available to book through Carole or by making payment to the club’s bank account. With only 200 tickets available and these being expected to sell out quick, members are asked to get in touch or make payment as quickly as possible to secure your space.
The purpose of the blog is to keep members updated and fully informed of the progress with the clubhouse build. We would therefore welcome feedback from members on what you would like to see included in the blog and any specific areas/updates that you want to see. This will enable us to create an FAQ section to answer and cover off common themes so that all members are fully informed at every stage of the process as we progress.
Uphall Golf Club: New Build Progress Tracker
Projected dates of key deadlines, timeline fluid and likely to move with project.