A major refurbishment project is underway to renovate and upgrade the Rackets Building at the world famous West Kensington club.
The club is the home of the annual Aegon ATP tournament and planned work on the site includes stripping out some of the existing features, as well as the demolishment of an existing link to the building. This is intended to divert services that are currently available at the club, whilst at the same time remove a number of redundant services no longer required.
The scheme also involves the conversion of former offices on the site’s first floor into a new function suite and lounge.
Throughout its history, the club has been an exceptional sporting venue and today hosts the world famous AEGON Championships and the World Rackets Championships. It also hosts leading Real Tennis events, including the British Open and the ATCO Super Series Squash Finals.
Current works include plastering and the installation of a new concrete spiral staircase. In addition, new mechanical and electrical services (including air conditioning) are also being installed.
Main contractors for the project are Cuffe plc. This privately owned company was formed in 1983 and undertakes a wide range of construction activities, predominantly throughout London and the south.
Work so far has included structural alterations to the building in order to create more space, better viewing facilities and better circulation. In addition, the construction of a new single storey extension will link the Rackets Building with the main building. This extension will feature glazed external elevations and partially glazed roofing.
Further refurbishment will include the replacement of the entire 10m by 25m glazed roof of the building. The new roof will feature more modern solar reflective blackout glass, which will prove highly efficient in the summer months. The viewing galleries will also benefit from redecoration, along with the installation of a new timber viewing stage area and new handrails.
The ground floor ladies dressing room is being completely reconfigured and fitted out to include the installation of new flooring, new showers, new fixtures and fittings. Like the viewing gallery, this will also benefit from some redecoration.
On the first floor, an external terrace is being installed, along with new paving, new copings, new balcony handrails and new doors.
Established in 1886, The Queen’s Club was the world’s first multipurpose sports complex. The club offers its members the opportunity to play lawn tennis, real tennis, rackets and squash on some of the finest courts in the world. It is a unique private members club, set in ten acres of grounds and is conveniently located two minutes walk from Piccadilly and District tube lines.
Along with first class sporting facilities, the club also offers excellent entertaining and dining facilities, including an elegant restaurant, cafe, museum, and the President’s Room; all of which are located within the Members’ Clubhouse. This, together with the array of rackets sports, available is why The Queen’s Club remains one of the most coveted memberships in the country.
Architects for the project are EHP and the contract administrators are Gardiner & Theobald LLP. The 31-week project is due for completion in February 2012.