Although the season has got off to a very damp start, the rebuild committee can reveal some excellent news. Eighteen months on from the fire, the club is now in a position to appoint a contractor to rebuild the pavilion.
The contractor has been selected following a rigorous tender process and will use Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) for the main shell of the building. These have the benefits of greater thermal and sound insulation properties and will significantly reduce the time taken to complete the building. More details of the design and the contractor will follow in due course.
The club would not have been able to commit to the rebuild without sufficient funds being available. In the last few weeks, three major funding bodies have confirmed their support for the project. The club is now waiting for one last funder who has indicated a significant sum but is yet to confirm. Assuming this is forthcoming in the next few weeks building work will start towards the end of the summer.
One of the conditions of planning consent and at least two of the funding bodies was that the club negotiate a new, longer licence with Royal Parks. Negotiations on this are now at an advanced stage.
The funding, including the Phoenix Fund (now standing at an impressive £58,000) will cover the cost of the building but the club is anticipating a shortfall when it comes to fit out the new pavilion. Fundraising, therefore will continue throughout 2012 to provide the best possible facilities for members and guests when the new pavilion opens.
The club would like to take this opportunity to thanks its members for their patience during a difficult couple of years and all those who have shown their support for the project.