Ahoy! February 2017
Commodore: Following up on my report in last month’s message, I’m pleased to let you know that the Kellett Island Development project Phase 2 facilities have now passed the Fire Services inspection and, at the time of writing, other final government inspections are scheduled to take place before Chinese New Year. Assuming no faults or new requirements are identified during those inspections, and we sincerely hope there will not be as several rehearsals have already taken place, and there’s no delay in receiving the relevant certificates, we are looking to open the new gym, changing rooms, kitchen, family room, etc. as soon as possible after the holidays.
Ahoy! January 2017
Commodore: I invited members to an update on the Kellett Island Development Project. As you’ll have read here in recent issues, we are very close to finishing the next phase and have been pulling out all the stops to try and get the new children’s playroom, gym, changing facilities, central kitchen, etc. ready in time for Christmas. We had in fact been hoping to unveil some of them that night. I should however have tempered my optimism as a couple of days later, despite a number of trial runs, we didn’t pass the fire services water inspection for some strange reason to do with phasing plan layouts which had previously been approved. With other minor issues also affecting the buidlings department inspection, we are now facing a delay of at least a month whilst these are re-submitted. This is all so disappointing as the facilities will essentially be ready to open and any delay in this phase will impact the start and finish of the final one. It will all however be worth the wait. In the meantime we will keep pushing for the approvals and will keep members informed of progress and anticipated opening dates through the weekly emails and notices at the Clubhouse
21 December from the Commodore:
Dear Fellow Members,
As you will have read here in recent issues of Ahoy!, and as I presented at the recent Project Update meeting, we are very close to finishing the next phase of the project and have been pulling out all the stops to try and get the new children’s playroom, gym, changing facilities, central kitchen, etc. ready in time for Christmas. We should however have tempered our optimism as, despite a number of trial runs, we didn’t pass the fire services water inspection for some strange reason to do with the phasing plan layouts which had previously been approved by that department. With other minor issues also affecting the Buildings Department inspection, we are now facing a delay of at least a month while plans are re-submitted and approved. This is all so disappointing as the facilities will essentially be ready to open by Christmas and any delay in this phase will impact the start and finish of the final one.
As our consultants push for the remaining approvals from the various government departments we will keep members informed of progress and anticipated opening dates through the weekly emails and notices at the clubhouse. This is certainly not the news we were hoping for at Christmas and we all share your disappointment but please rest assured we will have everything open as soon as we possibly can.
As I hope you can tell from what you can see of the new Main Deck beside the Main Lawn, it will all be worth the wait.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
December Presentation - here
Ahoy! November 2016 - here
Here's the configuration for the equipment in the new gym in the Annex New Wing. We envisage being in there in the next few months. The room to the right is a studio and the green yoga mats are there to show what the room can be used for.
7 July - Padding has now been laid on a section of the roof of the Annex New Wing. Soon we'll install some outdoor fitness equipment up here!
20 July - new sail lockers in the Annex New Wing
23 June - didn't take long for the old gym to be stripped out
11 June - temporary gym now in Annex New Wing
7 June - first staff meeting in the Annex New Wing
Dear fellow members,
I write to update you following the report in last month’s Ahoy!
As mentioned in that report, we have reached a critical phase in our Kellett Island Development project. Issues with the west wall of the Bistro mean that we need to undertake some fairly significant engineering work in order to complete the expansion of the Bistro, creation of a new reception area and development of new function rooms. The nature of this work means that we need to re-sequence other elements of the project.
Over the last few weeks, the Project Steering Committee has been working closely with our architects and consultants to consider a number of different ways forward in order to minimise the significant disruption that this work will cause and ensure that we are able to continue providing adequate facilities for members as its undertaken.
After much deliberation, we have decided to bring forward the closure of the existing men’s and ladies’ changing rooms, together with the gymnasium, and relocate these into the Annex New Wing above the Ship Shop on a temporary basis. The new staff changing rooms, which are located here, have been provisioned to allow for this short-term member use, while the new staff canteen or squash court viewing area offer spaces where we can locate most of our current exercise equipment until the new gymnasium opens in the Autumn. While not ideal, this means that we won’t need to rent containers to use as temporary changing facilities , as was the case during the last refurbishment of our Kellett Island clubhouse, and we will be able to continue to have a gym at the Club throughout the ongoing project.
We believe this plan brings about the minimum amount of intrusion to members’ enjoyment of our facilities, as well as accelerating the remaining time needed to complete the new central kitchen and members’ changing rooms.
We will provide a further update next month and in weekly emails when the final programme for the Bistro and Bowling Alley refurbishments, together with the installation of the Compass Room lift, has been agreed.
Again, the General Committee and Club management fully appreciates the support which you have given the project thus far. We hope this inconvenience is tempered by the news that you can now enjoy the brand new Ship Shop which has just opened along with the new sail lockers and squash courts.
Dear fellow members,
As previously reported in Ahoy!, the first two phases of the Kellett Island Development Project are progressing well. We will be opening the new building at the end of April; bringing the new Ship Shop, sail lockers, squash courts and new administration offices / staff facilities into use.
Work on the new integrated central kitchen and first phase of the male and female members’ changing rooms in the Central Block is near completion and the new East Wing extension with the new Bowling Alley and Gym is visibly growing by the day.
As with any project however, there are always elements that are impossible to predict until the construction work actually commences. This is particularly the case with projects of this scale and complexity; managing as we have, completely new-build elements with others which involve extensive work in and around an older building.
Unfortunately, 16 months into our project as we prepare to commence the final phase of the development, we have just encountered our first unforeseen and significant issue – the structural integrity of the west-facing wall of the (current) Bowling Alley.
To give you some background: before embarking on the project we undertook some trial pits in the area of the Bistro Terrace and also exposed the underlying masonry in a number of areas on the wall to try and understand the nature of the wall. Based on these inspections, we had originally understood it would be relatively easy to enlarge the existing windows to create doors leading onto a new west-facing balcony. More recent inspections have, however, identified issues with the existing brick wall structure that mean it cannot provide the necessary strength required and we must replace some parts with new reinforced concrete columns. This more invasive work will have a knock-on effect on the originally phased closure and refurbishment of the Bistro vaults and the finishing of the new Central Block.
The Project Steering Committee have been working closely over the last few weeks with our project managers, the architects and contractor to identify ways in which we can tackle this situation and core to all considerations have been how this can be achieved with the minimum amount of intrusion to members’ enjoyment of our facilities - as well as reducing the amount of time the works will take to complete. Needless to say, the project team has also been very focused on balancing these considerations against any cost impacts.
Cautious and mindful deliberation of all the options are still ongoing but it looks like the best course of action is to close the Bistro entirely for a period of time to allow the Bistro and Bowling Alley wall work to be completed as quickly as possible – a course of activity which will minimise the overall duration of the project. We are very conscious that it will have a significant impact on members’ use of the Club and we will mitigate this as much as possible by providing alternative dining options in other areas of the Club such as the poolside, Main Lawn and Chart Room, and the new Bowling Alley when it is ready, so that we will not be without a casual dining venue altogether.
The structural work on the west-facing wall will also trigger the closure of the existing Bowling Alley – however this was always part of the original project plan as we need to carry out the work required to move our current facility into its new home in the East Wing Extension and create the new function rooms in its place. The good news is that we will be able to provide additional temporary indoor and outdoor Bistro facilities in the new bowling alley and Waterside area as soon as that building has been completed. We will then go back and install the Bowling equipment once the refurbished and enlarged Bistro work has been completed.
We had hoped to publish the final plan with timelines in this issue of Ahoy! but deliberations continue to ensure we reach the best possible solution and regrettably we have reached our printing deadline without having a final conclusion. We will keep members informed by email as to the final plan and the changes to facilities and access around the clubhouse.
FinCom have been monitoring the Club’s finances and projections very carefully and the project team has been keeping a very tight control over the project’s budget, so please be assured that we can manage through this impact.
The Main Bar, Compass Room and Swimming Pool will remain open and unaffected throughout the works on the Bistro and the facilities at both Shelter Cove and Middle Island will also be unaffected by the Bistro closure. Particularly with regards to Middle Island on weekdays, we hope that members will make the most of its facilities during the Bistro closure as it really is a wonderful alternative at both lunchtime and in the evenings for casual dining.
The General Committee and Club management fully appreciates the support which you, the members, have given the project to date. We recognise that this news is unwelcome and disappointing but trust that we can continue to rely on your support as we enter this very challenging period. A lot of members have given a lot of time and a lot of effort into keeping the project on track so it is particularly frustrating for them that we should encounter such an issue so late in the development programme. We must however look forward - ultimately we are creating some excellent new facilities which you will be proud of. I for one am very excited at the prospect of first phase of the project completing and the new Ship Shop, Squash Courts and sail lockers opening very soon.
21 March 2016
Ship Shop Manager David Ho getting excited you welcome you all to the new Ship Shop in April
New meeting room in the Annex New Wing (can be divdied into two rooms)
12 February 2016
(left) the view across the old Bistro Courtyard and (right) the view today across the new kitchen in what is known as the Central Block
11 February 2016
Annex New Wing - Just before Chinese New Year, 15 months after breaking ground, the scaffolding came down and the Annex New Wing was unveiled. While there's still some granite cladding work to be done before members get the full effect, the architectural echoes of the main clubhouse building have already drawn some very positive comments from members.
3 February 2016
The scaffolding has come off the Annex New Wing