Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club
The current building was designed by Stephenson Gibney and completed in 1973 and has served the club and its members well to date. With everyone’s higher expectations the Clubhouse needed to be renovated and modernised. Douglas Wallace were delighted to be engaged by the members of Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club to create a dynamic environment reflective of a modern sporting & leisure facility for current and, more importantly, prospective members. Part of the redesign of the Clubhouse was to change the visual focus back onto the external courts so that members and guests could take full advantage of watching and enjoying the tennis matches from the gallery, bars and restaurants.
Douglas Wallace recognised the importance of the existing architecture and its status within the local context. We are very conscious of the local community’s perception of the clubhouse and adjacencies and the need for the clubhouse to remain open and functioning as the refurbishment works are progressed. We were also respectful of the existing members love and passion for the club house.
The external solution was one of simplicity and elegance ensuring the maximum numbers could watch national and international tennis competitions in a fantastic new clubhouse environment. Douglas Wallace achieved planning permission without third party objections through presentations and discussions with local stakeholders. The external design is about elegant architectural expression which included three levels of viewing platforms with retractable canopies to terraced areas allowing the social area to spill outside.
■ Client: Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club
■ Project: Redevelopment and refurbishment of Club House & facilities
■ Project Value: Stage one: €7m
■ Brief: Transform the functionality and appearance of the clubhouse to maintain it as the premier tennis and squash club in Ireland
■ Completion: Q2 2020
■ Project Leads: Gerry Hand & Adrian Lambe