Wentworth Golf Club
Wentworth Golf Club has opened the doors to its brand new clubhouse following an investment by the club’s owners, Reignwood.
The renovation of the 19th century building was completed over an eight month period and was undertaken by rpa:group and Garenne Interiors. The new clubhouse was completed in time for the start of the European Tour’s flagship event and Rolex Series opener, the BMW PGA Championship.
With an internal ground floor area of 3,500m2, including a ballroom, kitchen, bar and lounge area, work included a full strip-out and refurbishment of the space with new lighting, flooring, ventilation and extensive layout realignment. The rpa:group’s Project Management and Architectural division were commissioned to develop and manage the design implementation on site, providing production information, construction detailing and on-site support.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine about the project, Associate Project Manager at rpa:group, James Williams said: “We essentially had to strip out the whole site and start from the bottom and work up. It was challenging to try to maintain the heritage of the space and the history around that, whilst enhancing it with a newer and fresher feel. Reignwood wanted to do the project during their quiet season, so in the winter months when it is typically less busy. We made sure we had a temporary clubhouse on site whilst the work was undertaken.”
Italian marble has been used across the bars and bathrooms, with soft carpets carefully crafted in China. The men’s and ladies’ locker rooms have received particular attention with new sauna and steam rooms and a complete style overhaul undertaken. The new Pro Shop is a departure from traditional club shops with a boutique style experience, showcasing collections curated with leading equipment and apparent retailers. A new Hall of Fame houses the clubs vast collection of historical memorabilia, all reframed and refurbished, including a famous image of The Ryder Cup which hangs proudly in the Club Lounge.
An enhanced selection of dining options is also available to members including:
- The Dining Room: A stunning space in a grand and elegant style, accompanied with a formal service. The room boasts a mirrored ceiling featuring an overhanging central banquette.
- The Club Lounge: An elegantly designed space for morning coffee, afternoon tea and post-dinner drinks. Inspired by a classic country house drawing room, the décor includes bronze cladded columns and stained-glass mirrors.
- The Club Bar: The Club Bar is an ‘Art Deco’ inspired bar which is located at the end of the Club Lounge.
- The Burma Bar: This is the bar that forms the heart of the Club’s social scene for its members.
- The Conservatory: An all-day dining brasserie style space celebrating the great British kitchen.
Members can also utilise two new private dining rooms – the East Room and the West Room – for private functions. Both rooms are modern in design, providing members with total privacy. Wentworth Club also has a dedicated wine Sommelier helping members and guests enjoy wine pairings from different regions. This has been inspired by Wentworth’s ‘in town’ property, Ten Trinity Square and its own Private Club.
The development of an enhanced health and fitness offering has also been undertaken as part of the development and includes a state-of-the-art gym and fully integrated approach to wellness through a spa offering.
James added: “One of the main challenges of the project was the mix between the programme we were delivering and the high-end level of quality and expectation of the client. We always had a deadline and that was never going to change, which was one of the primary reasons we had a heavy presence on site – it is not traditional to have an architectural manager on site every day but for us, it meant that we could ensure that decisions that were made, were right the first time. This meant that we didn’t have to go back and revisit things.”
Wentworth Golf Club was founded in 1922 and was the former home for the brother-in-law of the Duke of Wellington. In 2014 the club was sold to Beijing-based Reignwood investment for £135 million. Wentworth Club is best known for its association with professional golf. It has three eighteen-hole courses and a nine-hole par-3 executive course.
“I think there was a general nervous feeling as to whether the members would like it or not,” said James. “However, from the minute people walked in, they were all taken aback due to the level of work and the high-quality that has gone into it. Overall I think it is very popular and generally from the look and feel of things, feedback has been very positive.
“For me this project has been fantastic and is also a prestigious one for us as a company. Everyone knows what Wentworth is and the esteemed golfing heritage that it stands for, so it is fantastic to be able to say that we have been heavily involved with its refurbishment and have been a key driving force to its success.”
“At Kinorigo, our team are specialists in premium stone and porcelain, which we use to bring luxury interior and exterior design projects to life. We’ve been delivering high-end, luxury solutions since 1994, and our years of experience make us best-placed to guide clients throughout the design process. From choosing the right stone for their space, to ensuring it’s installed perfectly, we’ve got it covered.
“From large-scale leisure and commercial spaces to high-end residential projects, we bring our unique expertise to the table, and we pride ourselves in taking a bespoke approach. We always select the best stone for each individual project, taking into account things like durability, longevity and sustainability to ensure the highest quality finish. We believe that it’s this approach that’s influenced well-known brands to choose Kinorigo for their key projects – we’ve supplied and installed tiles for Harvey Nichols’ flagship London store, New Scotland Yard and Jaguar Land Rover.
“We were delighted to be chosen to work on Wentworth Golf Club, an extremely prestigious venue in an area where we’ve already completed several large residential projects. We successfully ground down, repaired the screed and laid new stone and porcelain tiles within the developers’ strict six-week timeframe. It was a great project to be involved with, and we know the Main Contractor, Architect and the Client appreciated our help and support.”
– Gavin Worsley, Managing Director at Kinorigo
Artworks Solutions is a design led manufacturer of branding, graphics and bespoke decorative solutions for built environments.
Artworks Solutions has been in operation for over 20 years and in that time has worked for a number of high profile clients, such as Liverpool Football Club and Twickenham Rugby Stadium. The company has also worked on corporate headquarters for Three, Dr. Martens, Moonpig and Paddy Power to name but a few.
At Wentworth Golf Club, Artworks Solutions worked closely with Cadmium Design to develop and manufacture a large and varied package of newly framed artwork. This included the restoration and reframing of original oil paintings along with manufacture and installation of bespoke signage and honours boards throughout the clubhouse and tennis/spa building.
John Sulzmann, Artworks Solutions Business Development Director, said:
“Wentworth is one of the most prestigious and recognised golfing venues in the world and it was a privilege to have been awarded the contract. It is another fantastic project to add to our portfolio of work.”
“Artworks always ‘deliver’ on our word and to the highest standards. We have a vast range of equipment complimented by a highly creative and dedicated team of professionals. We are an honest and reliable supplier and very easy to work with.”
Dröm UK specialise in the design and installation of luxury, bespoke thermal wellbeing areas in both the residential and commercial sectors. The company was founded in 2002 by Barry Smith and Kicki Carlsson and has grown into the bespoke spa designer that Dröm UK is known as today.
Over the past 16 years, Dröm UK has built up an enviable portfolio of projects, including works for One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge where the company was responsible for the Hammam, sauna and ice machine in the Penthouse and the Witanhurst project in North London which comprised a complete spa facility including ice cavern, banya, hammam, rasul and experience showers. Additional projects have included Holland Park Villas and Pennyhill Park Spa, amongst others.
Most recently Dröm UK was involved with the work at Wentworth Golf Clubhouse, designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing and commissioning new thermal wellbeing areas. This included three sauna rooms (two male and one female) and three steam rooms (two male and one female).
Dröm UK worked closely with Garenne Interiors and Thorp Design to establish the design brief and M&E specification for the project. Upon approval of the designs, Dröm UK completed the project management and installation of all elements to the exceptionally high levels of finish required for such a high-profile establishment.
The design included custom style benches with natural stone finishes in the steam rooms and subtle mood lighting with hidden heaters in the sauna rooms. There is a ‘chevron’ style feature wall constructed from medium Aspen timber in the female sauna to complement the elegant book-matched marble in the adjacent female steam room.
Managing Director Erin Lee, said:
“With both our main Directors being avid golfers, we jumped at the chance to be involved with such a prestigious Club, especially with it being so nearby to us.”
“At Dröm UK, we specialise in conceiving and constructing bespoke, luxury designs to suit each individual client. We pride ourselves on consulting with the client every step of the way towards creating their perfect wellbeing space, whether it be residential or commercial.
“We pride ourselves on our specialist team of in-house installers and our ability to work alongside and co-ordinate with contractors and other trades to meet the tight deadlines required by clients.
“Our attention to detail and friendly, efficient customer service also sets us apart from other wellbeing companies.”
K&M McLoughlin Decorating
K&M McLoughlin Decorating specialise in high end decorations across the domestic, commercial, retail, education and industrial sectors.
In operation for over 30 years, the family run business has carried out projects ranging in value from £5,000 to £5m and boasts a highly skilled team of over 200 decorators. K&M McLoughlin Decorating is also an advocate of apprenticeships and training and has its own fully accredited training school.
The company has worked on a number of high profile projects, including The Savoy Hotel, The Langham, the 2012 Olympic Games and a number of Premier Inn’s. At Wentworth Golf Club, K&M was responsible for traditional decorations and wall coverings.
Shaun Cassidy, K&M McLoughlin Decorating Quantity Surveyor, said:
“It’s great for the profile of the company. It was a very tight programme as we only had eight weeks to complete the project, so we had to work long days and weekends to ensure it was finished on time.
“We pride ourselves in proper customer service and client satisfaction, delivering projects on programme and on budget. We are dedicated to the finish.”