Project Description

Andrew Rasmussen of Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club explains how Beeks helped transform Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club into a year round competition club with a vibrant social hub with a modern, highly sustainable and low maintenance club house. 

The club’s rejuvenation project, which included the design and build of a new clubhouse and the laying of three synthetic clay courts, was essential to the long-term survival of Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club. The members are delighted with the new facilities, which they believe have brought the standard of the facilities offered by the club to above that of any other clubs in the area.

As a result, Great Missenden LTC is now able to host county tournaments, which will not only introduce a new revenue stream for the club, but will increase its profile and therefore its player and social membership numbers.

Innovative Design and Functionality

The clubhouse is a state-of-the-art facility. It has a spectacular ground floor viewing platform providing views over the club’s 18 courts. The triangular design of the bar and café area makes best use of the awkward space that was left available for the clubhouse following the demolition of the dated pavilion, that had served previously as the clubhouse, and the renovation of the courts.

Cleverly integrated into the design of the building are bi-fold doors, donated by club members, Andrew and Neil Ginger and supplied and installed by Origin of High Wycombe. The bi-fold doors create what is known as a ‘third-space\’, doubling the size of the clubhouse by creating a seamless transition from the clubhouse to the outside terraces. They also let in a considerable amount of natural daylight.

This smart feature functionality is obvious throughout the clubhouse and ensures that the facility can be enjoyed to its maximum all year round, by club members and by third party organisations hiring the facilities.

Proactive, on time and on budget

Beeks was invited to tender for the construction project alongside three other local building firms. Paul Beeks, managing director of the long established family business, clearly demonstrated that he and his team were able to translate the architect’s design into a completed, fitted build within the available budget and timeline.

Paul Beeks was extremely proactive and open to negotiate the build process to achieve the brief at the tender stage and he and his team did not let us down at the point of delivery. The project was delivered on time, within budget and to an exceptionally high standard.

When asked if we were to repeat the build what would we do differently I have to answer honestly and say – nothing!

Sharing of minds

The project management from Beeks was extremely good. We had a dedicated on-site point of contact in Tim Werrell throughout the project. We met weekly throughout the build, more often if required. This meant the build process was fluid, refined and implemented without progress being slowed and without any issues arising unnoticed.

As a surveyor by profession, I like dealing with one person on site and to be able to share a vision with them. Tim was great and I was able to ask questions and to offer my own ideas as a professional. The relationship worked well. As a result of this open communications there is nothing relating to the build that we wish we had or had not done.

Built on reputation

Beeks has built its reputation on it design and build capabilities and the quality of its finished properties and we were not disappointed. This repute was reflected in the final detailing. Every element, fixture and fitting was finished to a good standard.

Save for the furniture, every internal component of the clubhouse was meticulously installed and finished by Beeks including the architraves, bar shutters, lighting, flooring, sanitary facilities, bar and kitchen units.

Low maintenance, high sustainability

It was vital, as a community building that the clubhouse was low maintenance, but not at the cost of sustainability or the environment in which it sits.

The building is clad in cedar, which will mellow with age and become ever more in keeping with its surrounds, which are of natural beauty. The doors and windows including the bi-folds are powder coated and therefore none of the external features of the building will require maintenance. The flat roof is angled to ensure collected water flows into perimeter gutters and outlets and leaf fall is easy to clear.

Internally, the building is lit with LED lights. These are extremely long-life and low energy and were chosen over tungsten or halogen alternatives. Heating is under floor and the lines and colours are contemporary to resist looking outdated.

Uncommon to many tennis clubs, we have also included ample shower facilities to again extend the opportunities for people using the club. We wanted to create a new culture for Great Missenden LTC and to put the members back at its core. We believe we have achieved this with the clubhouse expertly constructed by Beeks.

Also inside the effectively proportioned and functional clubhouse is a main club room with a kitchen, bar and storage, plus a wide screen television. The entrance hall leads to an office for club coach/staff, additional storage rooms and modern changing rooms for members.

The perfect clubhouse

From many there was speculation, as it was very difficult for all members to envisage the finished clubhouse. There was a lot of time and money being invested in the project and high hopes for the returns that the clubhouse would bring to Great Missenden LTC. Beeks interpreted our expectations and delivered the perfect clubhouse, the hub that will very much be the future of our club.

Putting the heart back into GMLTC

Since the completion of the clubhouse by Beeks in July, Great Missenden LTC has become a true family sports club and we hope to see more families and individuals joining us, either as players or as social members enjoying the environment moving forward. One club member said the new clubhouse and clay courts make it feel like you are on holiday

All members have embraced the new facility and in the summer we hosted the Bucks Junior County Closed tournament, which has been awarded to GMLTC for three years. Feedback from visitors was as glowing and excited as that from our own members.  It was noted that Great Missenden LTC is the only local club to have all the Grand Slam surfaces!

The club and the chairman are delighted with the complete change of environment and sense of community that Beeks has brought to GMLTC and I am sure that we will start to see some more club rejuvenations on the circuit!

Andrew Rasmussen acted as the project manager for the Great Missenden Lawn Tennis Club clubhouse and court development project. He is a surveyor by profession and has been an active member of GMLTC for over 30 years.