LANDMARK ‘BALCONY PROJECT’ SET TO LAUNCH SUMMER 2018

This week, TRUFC’s board announced that plans are in place for the club’s ‘Balcony Project’ to commence renovation work in summer 2018. The landmark re-design project will see the club’s upstairs social facilities increase capacity – providing greater opportunity for TRUFC to serve the local community on a much wider scale into the future.

The ‘Balcony Project’, as it has become known, represents an exciting potential source for increased income generation, enabling the club to continue to grow and move forward. Over the last few months a huge amount of progress has been made with Croft Goode Associates appointed to coordinate the planning and design of the project.

Construction drawings and a specification of works has been produced and tender invitations have been sent out to six building contractors, due back by the end of May.

The brief for the renovations include:

  • A balcony extension incorporating a second means of escape
  • A platform lift from ground floor to facilitate disabled access
  • A dumbwaiter from the kitchen to service match day and function catering
  • 1st floor male, female and disabled toilet provision
  • A new bar and cellar provision
  • Increased, flexible social space with an increased licence capacity

Chairman Hugh Paterson said “We have absolute confidence that the funding will be in place by mid-summer to enable the works to commence. The Skofic 7s have proved vital in the process – with professional design costs funded by proceeds provided from the annual club event

Plans have been drawn up and designed in compliance with building control regulations and the Planning Authority and Building Control have provisionally agreed a Licensing Capacity of 150 people: an increase of 90 on the current licence.

Hugh added: “This is without doubt a landmark project in the club’s development, which we hope members will enjoy and reap the benefits from for many years to come.”

The ‘Balcony Project’ plans are on display at the clubhouse for members to view and we hope all our members, players and friends are as excited as we are with this fantastic development of Tarleton RUFC.

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