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Stand Development Diary 

 

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 All Photographs courtesy of Roger Hildreth unless otherwise stated

20th March 2015

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15th March 2015

 

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24th February 2015 - Work on changing rooms, bar, undercroft and kitchens

 

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12th February 2015 - Fitting out has commenced

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10th February 2015 - The team tour the new facility

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2nd February update - Building work complete - Fitting out to commence

 

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New Stand - the latest - 31st Jan 2015

 

Supporters who have recently attended Billesley Common will have seen the external progress on the new stand, but we know that many of you are asking about the opening date. 

 

This brief progress report provides the latest position.

 

The impressive and self-contained City of Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club is now open and fully functional, much to the delight of their membership, and this photo gives some idea of how it looks:

 

 

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The stand part of the building remains in the hands of the builders, Willmott Dixon, but they are coming to the end of their construction phase.

 

It is hoped that the “keys” will be handed over to the club sometime during week commencing 2nd February, but this does not mean that the stand will then be immediately open.

 

Firstly, all the internal fittings need to be completed such as flooring and the fitting out the hospitality, kitchen, bar and office areas.  Whilst the plans are in place, completion cannot be done overnight! 

 

This photo taken on the 13th January looking towards where the bar will be, shows the function room cum hospitality area as at that date:

 

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Secondly and more importantly, safety is an absolute priority and before the building can be fully utilised, a Safety Certificate needs to be issued by Birmingham Council. 

 

The paperwork that the club needs to present to the Council for them to approve the certificate is well underway.

 

So when will the stand be open...and when will you have a view like this?

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Because of the uncertainty of the above factors, we cannot give a definite date at the moment.  It is hoped, and we say again hoped, that that supporters may be able to sit in the stand for the Pirates game on the 7th February

 

Whilst this is still far from certain, what is certain is that the actual building will not be open to supporters and the general public on that date.  We are aiming for this to happen for either the Doncaster game on the 6th March or theRotherham match on the 27th March, but do not put these dates in your diary yet.  We will keep you updated.

  

And finally, thanks to Roger Hildreth for providing the photographs.

 

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All Photographs courtesy of Roger Hildreth unless otherwise stated

18th December 2014

The Seats are in

 

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8th December 2015

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4th December 2014

 

Stand Build Update

 

Whilst we’re sure everyone has been delighted at the visible progress on the new stand, we unfortunately have to advise you of a slight delay in completion.

As things stand we are looking at a completion of building work towards the end of January, rather than the original date in the week before Christmas.

We asked Dave Warren to put his Logmoor Building (hard) hat on to give us his take on things.

“Well as most people will know it’s extremely rare that building projects are delayed but these things can happen. I actually remember the last time I had a delay on a project…..1981 I think”

“One thing not even a builder can control is the British weather and the project has suffered from the effect of the odd rain shower or two experienced in recent months (as anybody who was at the London Scottish game might remember).”

“Standing water has to be dealt with which takes time, and based on an already demanding programme the ability to make up the schedule is very difficult.”

“One other major aspect that has conspired to delay things, and I know readers will find this hard to believe from a builder, is the unearthing of additional work required as the job progresses.”

“As the build developed it became apparent that we would need some serious work undertaken for the power supply to the new stand, and this of course comes with a lead time for the appropriate engineers to be engaged.”

“Despite all this we should put it into some perspective, we have waited fourteen years for a new clubhouse, one more month isn’t so bad.”

Some elements of ‘fitting out’ the interior of the building can start before the ‘handover date’ but other elements have to wait. We anticipate completing this stage during February leading to a possible ‘fully open’ date at the end of the month. 

What happens next?

Willmott Dixon has an outstanding reputation for quality and we’ve been delighted with the building and finish standards that our new facility will have.

The delay also gives everyone the opportunity to boost the fundraising for the fitting out of the facility – which is planned to swing into action as soon as the building is handed over.

We have a high quality plan to roll out inside the stand. We are determined to ensure that facilities within the building make a significant contribution to the club.

Growth in attendances at matches will be important but the key to growth for the club will be attracting and retaining events on non-match days. These include corporate event bookings and private functions – and to do this it must be fitted out to a very high specification.

The more we can raise to complete the interior, the more attractive it will become to the city and regional business community. Work is well underway to source the equipment etc. required to kit out the facility but we still need to ensure that it is fully funded.


 

 

13th November 2014

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29th October 2014

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22nd September 2014

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14th September 2014

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5th August

Stand floor being installed 

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27th July

Brickwork started and roof going on

 

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30th June 2014

Steelwork almost complete

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30th June 2014

And it just keeps getting bigger!

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Club General Manager Bill Redwood & Vice President Terry Davies giving some perspective on how big the development is

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24th June 2014

End of day 2 of framework assembly

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23rd June 2014

And up it goes!

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First Load of structural steel arrives on site

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10th June 2014

 

Concrete pouring for foundations

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3rd June 2014

Work continues on foundations and base

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19th May 2014

 Concrete bases in place

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 13th May 2014

WILLMOTT DIXON KICKS-OFF PROJECT FOR MOSELEY RUGBY CLUB GRANDSTAND

(Wilmott Dixon Press Release)

Willmott Dixon has been appointed for a £3.5m contract to deliver a permanent 700 seat grandstand for Greene King IPA Championship side Moseley Rugby Club.

It's a statement of ambition for the club that play just one tier below the Aviva Premiership, the highest level in England, and has just had its best season in a decade. When completed in December, Moseley will provide more than 1,300 covered seats.

James Morris-Adams, Moseley Rugby Club President, said: “We’re thrilled at the prospect of our new West Stand facility. This will provide our supporters and sponsors with a development that befits our standing as one of the top 20 clubs in English rugby. We’ve just finished our best season in many years and it is fitting that next season will see us being able to host visitors in a first rate environment. I’d like to pay tribute to the many individuals and organisations that worked so hard to raise the funds. This is a significant step in Moseley’s quest to get back to the very pinnacle of English rugby. “

The two storey stand will also house a new clubhouse, match viewing areas, catering facilities, changing rooms for Moseley’s professional side, plus a weights room and a function room. Six further changing rooms are also being built as part of the project for their extensive amateur and junior rugby teams; these will also be available for use by the local community. Nick Gibb, pre-construction director at Willmott Dixon, said: “The development of the grandstand at Billesley Common is a major step forward in the city’s ambitions to develop a community sports hub. It’s a fantastic project for the club and the local community and we are bowled over to be involved.”

The project, which is being managed on behalf of Birmingham City Council by Acivico Ltd, will also include construction of a national standard six-lane indoor bowls rink for the City of Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club. This will replace their former facility in Stirchley, which closed in 2012. Community changing rooms for users of Billesley Common will also form part of the works.

Funding for the development has come from a variety of sources. Birmingham City Council is providing funding towards the scheme through funds raised from the sale of Moseley’s former ground, The Reddings, at Reddings Road, Moseley, and the sale of the former Birmingham Indoor Bowls Centre, at Hazelwell Street, Stirchley, to Tesco.

Moseley requires additional funds to pay for the fit-out of the clubhouse and changing rooms. Various fundraising initiatives have already begun, including a successful Spring Ball held at Warwickshire County Cricket Club and a buy a brick campaign scheme which can be accessed at  http://www.moseleyrugby.co.uk/report_display12.php?menitem=305

Cllr Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I am delighted that Moseley Rugby Club, Birmingham Indoor Bowls Centre, Sport England and Birmingham City Council have been able to come together to provide a sporting facility that will be used by Birmingham sporting teams and members of the local community. It is a Birmingham facility we will all be proud of.”

Willmott Dixon were appointed to the scheme through the Constructing West Midlands Framework, a regional construction delivery vehicle for public sector organisations throughout the West Midlands region.

 


 

 

2nd May 2014

The Build Starts!

 

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26th April

The Offical Groundbreaking Ceremony

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17th February 2014

Stand Back Up for Moseley!

Following last weeks hard work taking down the current west stand the team were hard at work again this weekend.........Putting it back up! On the other side of the pitch.

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10th February 2014

Stand Down for Moseley

This weekendthe first milestone in the new stand & clubhouse development as the current West Stand is taken down, to be re-located to the other side of the pitch.We must say a big thank you to the small but very dedicated team of volunteers who worked through the weekend to make this happen in very difficult conditions. They are the epitome of what makes this club great.

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21st January 2014

Moseley reach funding target – West Stand construction to start next month 
 
Moseley Rugby Club is delighted to confirm that it has reached its financial target of £3.5m and construction is set to commence on its West Stand development next month (February 2014).

The proposed two storey building includes over 700 covered seats, clubhouse rooms, catering facilities and changing rooms. A ‘national standard’ six lane indoor bowls rink is to be built at the rear of the building that will be home to ‘The City of Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club’. 

The project is scheduled for completion in October 2014 – at the start of the 2014-15 season. The existing 650 seat stand will be repositioned on the East side of the ground allowing the club to provide a total covered seating potential of over 1300.

This is part of the club’s commitment to be at the centre of ‘The South Birmingham Sports Village’ that already encompasses Rugby, Football, Cricket and Tennis and will provide a focus for community sport in the area.

This facility, along with the club’s practical and professional assistance, will provide a springboard for a wide range of additional community activities and sports for local residents.
The £3.5m covers the entire cost of construction but not ‘fixtures and fittings’ for which the club is holding a series of fundraisers including ‘The Spring Ball (Saturday 22nd March at Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s  ‘Banqueting Suite’) and a Buy a Brick Campaign.

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27th December 2013

Stand Update

As readers will no doubt be aware, we were granted planning permission for the new ‘West Stand and bowls complex’ earlier in the year and in November we provided an update on the development in Moseley Matters.

We promised a further update before the end of the year – and here it is...just in time!

We were originally hoping to include this in last week's Moseley Matters and the match day programme last weekend against Jersey. However, we were still completing crucial tasks right up to Christmas Eve!

We're delighted (and relieved) to report that we have now completed all the activities relating to the balance of funding required. Activities over the next few days will 'simply' be refining bids and applications prior to the final submission to Sport England next week.

Summary:

  • Sport England: The grant award application has been completed and the draft submitted. The final version will be submitted week commencing Monday 30th December 2013
  • Birmingham City Council: Our full business case and cabinet report has been completed and submitted. This relates to funding through sources such as section 106 (The Reddings) and capital receipts (Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club).
  • The decisions for both the above are due to be made on Monday 20th January 2014. If successful this will provide the final approval and funding confirmation.
  • The Detailed design has been completed.
  • The construction contractor has been provisionally appointed and is standing by pending decisions as above

If approvals are confirmed on 20th January construction will commence in February as planned. We are forecasting that completion will be in October 2014.

 Finances – what we’ve got

In the previous update we confirmed that we were in the phase of completing the financing, developing the design and negotiating with project managers, architects and construction organisations. All these have now been completed.

The total financial requirement to complete construction is just under £3.5m and two crucial bids for the balance have been completed and submitted. This includes a comprehensive application to Sport England involving some 30 documents to support our bid. The supporting documentation included comprehensive business plans, detailed financial forecasts, transport assessments etc etc. The plan also included visions for the future of the wider project entitled “The South Birmingham Sports Village” based at Billesley Common.

We originally had hoped to receive a decision on part of the funding prior to Christmas but this was delayed for reasons unconnected with our application. However, this hasn't unduly delayed progress as the Sport England application was due to produce a decision on 21st January – and is still on track for this date.

It should be noted that the build costs apply to the primary construction only. This does NOT cover the cost of ‘fitting out’ items as furnishings and equipment. We therefore need to raise further sums to turn the basic building into a product we all can be proud of.

Instructing Contractors

We advised in the November update that work had been undertaken in negotiating with both Birmingham City Council and Acivico.

Acivico Ltd is a company that was created by Birmingham City Council to provide construction and property related services to the council and other public and private sector organisations. Since the majority of the funding (e.g. the section 106 monies) is effectively Birmingham City Council/public funds we are obliged to use their services.

This section has also now been completed successfully and we have finalised the agreement with Acivico in both the terms of the development and the costs. These are of course subject to being successful in our applications for the additional funding.

Dates

In the previous update we advised that the introduction of a 3rd party (Acivico) meant that additional time had been spent in negotiations. Therefore the start date had gone back a few weeks.

We are optimistic that unless further unpredicted delays are experienced we are still expecting to start construction in February 2014 and completion in October2014. We will keep you updated on timescales as the project develops.

Finances – what we need

In the last update we highlighted that we had identified a source for sufficient funds to complete construction - this is still the case.

It is also still the case that the above funding doesn't include the “fitting out process”.

We estimate that we need to raise around £100,000 to transform the 'building' into a fully furnished facility. This will be undertaken in parallel to the construction and will not affect progress.

Fund raising

'Stand' Spring Ball

As part of the fund raising activities we have announced that there will be a 'Stand Ball' in the spring (Saturday 22nd March), held at Warwickshire County Cricket Club's magnificent facilities at Edgbaston. Further details are elsewhere in Moseley Matters and on the club website.

Sponsorship

We are also actively seeking individuals and organisations who will contribute either in kind or in ‘cash’ for the fitting out process. Please get involved – there is something to suit all budgets!

We would like all our supporters and sponsors to get involved and early in the New Year we will publish packages to suit all budgets. This will range from ‘entry level’ initiatives such as ‘buy a brick’ right up to significant investments such as naming rights for the stand itself.

For organisations who would like their products or services to be ‘on display’ we are seeking sponsorship such as “Furniture supplied by XYZ Seating Ltd”. For those who would like their name being prominently associated with the development we are offering opportunities such as “The ABC Bank Ltd Room”.

Already got someone/something in mind?

As always, if you know of any organisation that would be willing to get involved in sponsorship either generally or specifically with regard to the new development please don’t hesitate to contact us via info@moseleyrugby.co.uk . At this stage we aren’t able to follow up suggestions (i.e. ‘why don’t you talk to XYZ company – they might be interested’) but are very keen to follow up leads (i.e. ‘I have spoken to ABC Company and they are interested in talking to us seriously’).

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 30th October 2013

Stand Up for Moseley!

As readers will no doubt be aware, we were granted planning permission for the new ‘West Stand and bowls complex’ earlier this month. As promised, this is the first of a series of updates to advise you of the progress and to outline how you can help and get involved.

Finances – what we’ve got

We are now in the phase of completing the financing, developing the design and negotiating with project managers, architects and construction organisations.

The total financial requirement to complete construction is just under £3.5m - whilst we currently have just under £2.5m. This has been secured principally through ‘Section 106 monies’ (see foot note for further information on Section 106) from The Reddings and The Birmingham Indoor Bowls relocation.

We are in the latter stages of negotiations for further sources of finance totalling £1m - including a grant application to Sport England.

If we are successful with these applications we will then have sufficient funds to build the stand and bowls complex as designed - and also to include 6 ‘community changing rooms’ on the south side (facing The Common). We expect to have a definitive answer on the additional funding just before Christmas – hopefully a welcome festive season present to all of us.

It should be noted that the build costs apply to the primary construction only. This does NOT cover the cost of ‘fitting out’ items as furnishings and equipment. We therefore need to raise further sums to turn the basic building into a product we all can be proud of.

 

Instructing Contractors

A variety of activities have been undertaken since planning permission was granted including identifying and progressing additional funding and negotiating with both Birmingham City Council and Acivico   .

Acivico Ltd (see footnote) is a company that was created by Birmingham City Council to provide construction and property related services to the council and other public and private sector organisations. Since the majority of the funding (i.e. the section 106 monies) is effectively Birmingham City Council/public funds we are obliged to use their services.

On the positive side, using Acivico means that we do not need to go through the lengthy process of putting the development out to commercial tender since they are able to use a framework agreement which Birmingham City Council already have in place with 4 major construction companies.

We are pleased to confirm that we are now finalising an agreement with Acivico in both the terms of the development and the costs.

Dates

Our original estimates in terms of costs and time scales were based on the club running the development. The introduction of a 3rd party (Acivico) has meant that additional time has been spent in negotiations. This has subsequently meant that whilst the time estimate for construction of the stand has not changed, the start date has gone back a few weeks. Without further delays we now expect to start construction by early February 2014. This means the completion date is also likely to go back a little - we are now looking at early October2014. We will keep you updated on timescales as the project develops.

Finances – what we need

Whilst we either have or have identified a source for sufficient funds to complete construction,. this will not apply to the fitting out process. Over the next few weeks we are publishing a programme for raising these funds from within the club and the business community.

We will shortly be actively seeking individuals and organisations willing to contribute either in kind or in ‘cash’. The generous offers from members and sponsors to supply products and services for the construction itself won’t be possible since this process is being run by Acivico. However we hope our sponsors and supporters  will work with us on the fitting out process.

Get involved – something to suit all budgets!

We would like all our supporters and sponsors to get involved and are putting together packages to suit all budgets. This will range from ‘entry level’ initiatives such as ‘buy a brick’ right up to significant investments such as naming rights for the stand itself.

For organisations who would like their products or services to be ‘on display’ we will be seeking sponsorship such as “Furniture supplied by XYZ Seating Ltd”. For those who would like their name being prominently associated with the development we will offering opportunities such as “The ABC Bank Ltd Room”.

We hope to launch these programmes before Christmas and would be delighted if you could begin to consider who you could approach as possible sponsors for sponsorship of all and any descriptions. We will shortly provide contact details at the club to help progress these.

Already got someone/something in mind?

As always, if you know of any organisation that would be willing to get involved in sponsorship either generally or specifically with regard to the new development please don’t hesitate to contact us via info@moseleyrugby.co.uk . At this stage we aren’t able to follow up suggestions (i.e. ‘why don’t you talk to XYZ company – they might be interested’) but are very keen to follow up leads (i.e. ‘I have spoken to ABC Company and they are interested in talking to us seriously’).

 

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10th October 2013

Moseley Rugby Club to build new grandstand and clubhouse at Billesley Common

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

Moseley Rugby Club have been granted planning permission to build a permanent grandstand and clubhouse at Billesley Common.

The city’s planning committee voted unanimously to support the £3m project that should see the completion of the new facility in time for the 2014-15 season

That marks a major step forward for the club, who play in English rugby’s second tier and moved to their current site eight years ago, since when they have had difficulty trying to fund a more ambitious project.

However, after conceding defeat in their attempts to build a 5,000 seat stand, having failed to attract funding, they teamed up with the City of Birmingham Bowls Club and the local authority to put together a joint application for a 700-seat structure that also includes a six-lane indoor bowls rink.

In addition the facility will provide changing rooms, medical and office space, room for additional bars and kitchen and a clubhouse function room and while it might not be the superstructure some club officials had envisioned, it will be a massive upgrade to the existing site.

It also comes at an ideal stage for the club who are hoping to use the 2015 Rugby World Cup, in which two matches will be played at Villa Park, as a springboard to raise their profile in the city.

Project coordinator James Jowett was delighted with the result of today's meeting. “There were no objections and it was unanimously approved by the committee in only about five minutes so obviously we’re thrilled.

“Now we have got planning consent, instead of speculating about what will happen we have now got a mandate to go forward with the project.

“It comes at the perfect time for us with the RWC on the horizon and while there are still quite a few things to put in place I’d like to think we can start work in quarter one of next year.” 

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3rd October 2013 

We have just heard that Birmingham City Council's Planning Committee have unanimously approved the plans for Moseley's new stand development! 

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 30th August 2013

Proposed Development – Answers to Questions

Thank you!

We invited supporters to post questions on the proposed building onto the supporters’ message board. We also welcome emailed questions or written questions (verbal questions are more difficult to remember/track!). Responses to these questions are below.

Thank you to everyone who posted a question – and perhaps more importantly, thank you to all those who have written or emailed in support of the proposals to the Planning Department at Birmingham City Council (BCC).

Please write/email in support!

We would urge those that have not yet written or emailed or used the on-line contact form to do so as soon as possible. The consultation period is open for another week or so (closes on 2nd September) so please act as soon as possible – all these messages of support are very important in the process. 

Ward Meeting

The club’s representatives attended the recent Billesley ward meeting and presented the plans to the councillors, the local MP (Steve McCabe) and residents in attendance.
The plans were warmly received by the councillors and the MP spoke of his support and commitment to assist us in getting the project approved and built. We were very encouraged.

Some local residents spoke of their concerns regarding traffic and noise, but also spoke of their support for the club. Whilst overall the feeling was of support, we cannot be complacent since the real test is at the planning meeting (date still to be confirmed but probably in November). The club representatives took away actions to address following some of the concerns raised.

Questions & Answers

All the questions posted have been considered and appear to fall into two categories:

i) Design/Planning and
ii) Operation/Management.

At this stage it should be stressed that we are only at the planning application stage. The operational management will be addressed in more detail if and when we receive planning approval.

There are already broad guidelines about how this would run but we don’t, at this stage, wish to pre-empt final decisions. These will, of course, be made known and likely feature as a future Q&A on this board, the club website and in Moseley Matters. Those questions posted that refer to Operation/Management will be flagged as such below – and will be answered at a later date.

The following are a list of answers/explanations to the questions posted. They are not in any order of priority but loosely following the questions in order of appearance on the message board. We realise that we may have misinterpreted some of the questions – if this is the case please post a response for clarification.

1. Naming the stand/bar area

Operation/Management issue

2. Disability Issues

When Moseley redevelop the Billesley Common Stand, we want our disabled supporters, and their carers, to be well catered for. There will be ample well covered seating available at both pitch side and at a higher level within the stand, as well as all the disabled parking and toilet facilities required to meet the statutory Disability Discrimination Act requirements.

The lift will be accessible to wheelchair users as will the gallery area. Access routes, paving and surface treatments will also be taken into account.

However this will all be addressed in detail when we move into the design development stage. This stage will follow the granting of planning consent (if received) and members interests will be fully taken on board - subject always to any practical and financial limitations.

3. Colour of exterior cladding

There are limitations on what we can realistically do to satisfy planning requirements. An entirely black and red building will not be acceptable to the planners and the colour/appearance of the existing tennis centre etc has to be taken into consideration as will the appearance of the bowls facility.
However various stand features (e.g. seating, doors, fascia, signage etc) will reflect the club colours and the coloured drawings now on the website etc are indicative of this.

4. Fund Raising

Although this is ‘a management issue’, fund raising will be important feature going forward and various options will be explored including a "buy a brick" scheme. A number of these have already been proposed by club members and all these offers/expressions of interest will be followed up in due course.

5. The Undercroft

This area is (as the name suggests) underneath the function room/seating area and will host the bars/catering outlets on match days. On other days this will house practical utility areas and is of sufficient scale to allow large trucks access for deliveries. The design of this area is essentially functional and the finish/appearance will be of a basic nature in line with the purposes it serves.

6. Function Room & Bar

The detailed internal design of the function room and bar has not yet been carried out. This will be addressed when and if planning consent has been granted. At this stage we move into the ‘design development’ phase.

7. Cycles

Facilities for covered cycle parking will be provided

8. Finance Key Dates

Expenditure of the Section 106 monies (held by BCC following the sale of The Reddings) need to take place by July 2014

9. Shared Facilities - Bowls and Rugby

The shared (rugby/bowls) facilities will essentially be the kitchens and general infrastructure. The detailed management arrangements of these and other facilities have yet to be decided. It should be noted that this is indoor bowls and NOT ten pin bowling!

10. Spectating/Viewing

Spectators will not be permitted to stand in front of the seating area and the area in front of the stand will not be a spectator route to other parts of the ground on match days. The undercroft will be the designated route for travelling around the ground.

The existing demountable stand will have to be repositioned mid-season - possibly over the Christmas 2013 period. The final relocation position for the existing demountable stand is yet to be determined and the location shown on the application plans is just one option. There are various practical and operational considerations to be taken into account and these will be addressed as we move into the design development stage.

The press box is located to one side of the gallery so that it can be accessed externally and does not take up the prime central position which should be for the benefit of members, sponsors and corporate events etc.

The management will no doubt consider having an official opening and the arrangements that will entail

11. Floodlighting

The existing flood light stanchions are 15m high - the highest point of the stand roof is 11m. This 4m differential is crucial to the efficiency of the flood lights so siting them directly onto the roof is not an option. Even if the additional height was provided for by a structures on the roof this would add to the cost of the roof itself plus the cost of the new lighting and all the necessary wiring/switchgear etc. Our budget at this time does not allow for this.

However it is accepted that sight lines can occasionally be impeded by the stanchions (although no more than at present). The long term aim has always been to have a floodlighting system based upon a four stanchion model with one at each corner of the ground.

12. Design & Future proofing

The design of the proposed scheme includes scalability and will allow for extension. These principles will apply wherever possible so that if we are unable to afford particular features at day one we can add them later as and when funds allow.

13. Existing Clubhouse

Subject to adequate funds being available it is the intention to improve and spruce up the existing clubhouse and the other temporary facilities that will remain.

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6th August 2013

West Side construction proposal

*****PRESS RELEASE******

Moseley Rugby Club, in conjunction with Birmingham City Council, has submitted a planning application for construction of a complex on the west side of their Billesley Common ground.

This is part of the club’s commitment to be at the centre of a South Birmingham Sports Village that already encompasses Rugby, Football, Cricket and Tennis and provide a focus for community sport in the area.

The proposed two storey building, for which plans were submitted to the local authority’s planning department last week, includes over 700 covered seats, clubhouse rooms, catering facilities and changing rooms.

A ‘national standard’ six lane indoor bowls rink is proposed for the rear of the building. This will be home to ‘The City of Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club’.  This facility, along with the club’s practical assistance, will provide a springboard for a wide range of additional community activities and sports for local residents.

If the application is successful the construction is scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2014-15 season. The club plan to re-position the existing 650 seat stand and therefore provide a total covered seating potential of over 1300 in September 2014.

The medium and long term aim remains to build the East stand as originally detailed and with planning permission approved. This is a strategic part of the club’s plans to build conservatively and within budget towards a facility capable of hosting matches of the highest level in the country.

 

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The Proposed Complex – a more detailed explanation

The proposal is to locate this close to the existing clubhouse facility and in the location currently occupied by, and to the rear of, the temporary stand and adjacent to the existing Tennis Centre.

The existing  650 seat demountable stand will be retained and moved to either the south or west side of the ground and together with the new facilities will provide a potential of over 1300 covered seats.

This is part of Moseley’s desire to be at the centre of a South Birmingham Sports Village at Billesley that already encompasses Rugby, Football, Cricket and Tennis.

It is regarded as a key part of the club’s goal to become the focus of community sports in the area. The club’s plans include actively encouraging a significantly wider range of sports in addition to those already played in and around The Common.

In particular the club believes this development will encourage further participation in a wide range of healthy activities that benefit residents in South Birmingham.

The proposed new complex includes:

•           712 seat roofed spectator facility

•           2 stories  including an undercroft (match day facility and non-match day vehicle access)

•           Changing rooms for 1st XV pitch

•           Medical and physiotherapy facilities

•           Additional match day toilet facilities

•           Multiple bar areas inside and underneath

•           Office/kitchen and anciliary etc. facilities

•           Clubhouse function room, dining , indoor viewing facility and press box on first floor

•           6 lane indoor bowls rink to the rear separately access from the existing Tennis Centre

Subject to additional funding 6 new  community changing rooms will be provided and  a proposed national standard 6 rink indoor bowls  facility will also be available for other sporting and community uses.

If the planning application is successful the club anticipate the work will commences in January 2014 and scheduled for completion in September 2014.

Consideration was given to the location of this facility on all sides of the ground and is should be noted that the medium and long term aim remains to build the East stand as originally detailed and with planning permission approved. This is a strategic part of the club’s plans to build conservatively and within budget towards a facility capable of hosting matches of the highest level in the country.