What a turbulent year it has been with people and society issues, major political upheavals and related geopolitical changes, tensions, war and terrorism and economic concerns. Natural disasters, unsettled weather and climate change around the world seem to have consumed our news and attention. Even the Olympics were affected by Zika and other controversy.
At the Club, on the sporting front, things have been more productive. I am delighted that our sporting teams are again showing good fight for their various titles and that our junior and development programmes are flourishing.
However, it too has been a year of disruption around the Clubhouse with the redevelopment construction works ongoing which has been dogged by a slow progress, most recently of the foundation work and ongoing related statutory approval issues. Indeed, we have just received notification from Building Department that further surveys of as built levels versus the pre-bore rock levels are required to confirm the founding locations of the piles, prior to the validation of the test pile. This process may take a number of weeks to conclude.
Once the test pile location is agreed with BD, it will take a further four to six weeks to complete. Work on the pile caps and base slabs will then follow. The steel superstructure is being fabricated offsite and will be erected to quickly follow the concreting works and the façade, then the building services installation and fitout work.
Due to these additional necessary verification studies, we are behind programme and I regret to inform you that it is now likely the project will be delayed until end of 2nd quarter 2017.
On a more positive note, important parts of the building works have been completed. The updated Chater Tavern with its new kitchen and the Wine Cellar have been well received. The tender for the Willow Room fitout has been issued and work on that will commence early in the New Year.
I am pleased to report that Kieran Hale has settled in well and doing a great job. He is addressing the priority of improving our liaison and communications in keeping Members up to date on progress of the works, club issues and dealing with your concerns and, in that regard, I thank Members for your patience and continued patronage despite the disruption.
I am sure you are all looking forward to a well earned break and a happy and festive season ahead. The Club is gearing up to provide for all of us who will be around and there looks to be lots of cheer built into the functions on offer.
Jayne and I wish you “A Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.”