Hill Farm Lane
The Moles

Development News

6. CLICK FOR – WELCOME PAGE – OCTOBER 2015

Welcome to the Section of the Website that focusses on the Developments and Improvements of all things ‘Non-Player’ related, at the club.

For those who don’t know me (Glenn Duggleby), a very brief introduction:
I played for the Moles in the late 70’s. For a couple of seasons, with Bobby Ellis and Alan Mitchell (Yes they did actually play!!!) at the former home with Binfield Cricket Club and returned in 2000 to manage the First team before moving on again and I now return to the Club in my new role as ‘Special Projects Manager’.

This season will see the start of some significant further development to the existing facilities and we have some exciting plans that we have been working on since the start of the season to benefit the whole club and align with our club

Development Plan.
The purpose of this section is to keep everyone informed of these plans, their progress and, where possible, to try and get you engaged in what your club has planned. Whilst, I must first emphasise that what I am posting here are our initial plans and all are very much subject to the success of funding applications, we are keen to keep everyone informed from the start of the process of our Vision.

As the objective is for this to be a project that is ‘Fully-Funded’ from external sources, then what we end up with could well differ to this, but initial feedback from all ‘partners’ in this project is very positive.

CAPITAL PROJECT PLAN
We have planned a Capital Project that is made up the following elements (see ‘Master Plan’ and we have/will have drawings and/or specs for all aspects of the works):

1. Car Park refurbishments – The existing Car Parking both to the left as you enter the site (Bottom Car Park [1]) and to the right (Top Car Park[1a]) will be converted into marked re-surfaced, kerbed bays and with a tarmac re-surfaced access road between the bays to top and bottom parks.

2. New Build – This will be a purpose built single-storey, standard pitched roof, Closed Panel Timber Frame build custom built facility linked to the existing clubhouse with a new access door, with a covered walkway between the two buildings. The new build will effectively be on the site of the existing covered standing facility, (which may be re-located elsewhere on the site) and will house the following facilities:

3. Refurbishment of existing clubhouse – All internal walls etc of the current changing rooms and toilets in the clubhouse will be demolished/dismantled. These will be replaced with a re-designed internal layout that will include the following:

4. Replacement and Addition of Pitch and Walkway Safety Barriers – This will involve replacing all the existing barriers and gates for Pitch 1 and adding further barriers for Pitch 2, with pvc covered steel post and rails, as follows:

5. Pitch 1 and 2 Irrigation System – This will be achieved with the installation of a new pump house located at the bottom left-hand (looking from c/h) corner of pitch 1.
The pump house will be enclosed by a sleeper wall and will house the tank equipment required to pump through underground pipes to 6 connection points, 3 each at the bottom of pitches 1 and 2.

Irrigation will then be supplied to both pitches using ‘new’ equipment in the form of turbine drive hose reel irrigators, connected to the connection points to distribute water to selected areas of the pitches, as required.

There will also be a submersible pump in the brook which will enable us to pump out our allotted allowance of water to supplement the water supplied to the tank from Thames Water.
It is hoped that Electrical Supply to the pump house will be supplied by from a connection in the lane behind the equipment, thus, relieving the need for trenches and cable needing to be run from the clubhouse.

Click here to see pictures and plans

If Anyone would like further information about anything shown here or believe that they can offer any help to help the club achieve success in any and all aspects of this project then please feel free to contact me on: glenn112@btinternet.com OR 07775 794557

HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Currently we are looking for contractors/builders to quote for the following work packages in the capital project:

Car Park refurbishments – 1 quote required for all this work

New Build
– 3 quotes required for groundworks for the Timber Frame building, to spec
– 3 quotes required for the fit-out of the Timber Frame building, to spec

Refurbishment of existing clubhouse
– 3 quotes required for dismantling and re-instatement to supplied design drawings

5. CLICK FOR – UPDATE – 23RD DECEMBER 2015

DEVELOPMENT PLANS – UPDATE

Welcome to the latest update for the Section of the Website that focusses on the Developments and Improvements of all things ‘Non-Player’ related, at the club.

CAPITAL PROJECT PLAN

The Capital Project will still include the following elements, as previously described, with the amendments included, as shown below, following advice given by The FA and Football Foundation Technical team, who visited the Ground to meet with myself, Bob and Rob in early November (see ‘Master Plan’ and we have/will have drawings and/or specs for all aspects of the works):

1. Car Park refurbishments – as previously shown with possible design and spec changes due to available funding.

2. New Build – as previously shown with traditional build quotes also now being received/sought, as well as those for the timber build frame design, due to the funders having a preference for traditional build.

3. Refurbishment of existing clubhouse – as previously shown with some design and spec changes, with thanks to the input from Steve Plimley this is primarily due to the addition of DDA compliant ramps/stair changes to allow wheelchair, pram and restricted mobility access into the clubhouse and internally to access all bar, toilets and club room areas, as well as the addition of lighting and heating provision. A possibility for AV improvements/installation is also being considered.

4. Replacement and Addition of Pitch and Walkway Safety Barriers – as previously shown with additional DDA complaint ramps and barriers to allow access to pitch side from clubhouse, tea-bar stand and car park. Also, additional hard standing along bottom goal of Pitch 1 to give access to all 4 sides and also hard-standing from between Pitches 1 and 2 to allow access to Pitch 3 down the slope.

5. Pitch 1 and 2 Irrigation System – as previously shown

6. FA/Football Foundation recommended additions – To meet ground grading requirements for future National Football League advancement, we were advised to include all requirements for this as we would not be able to access further funding for 3 years, thus now also included in the bids are:

FUNDING STREAMS

The FA – Premier League and FA Football Facilities Fund –
Following a visit to the Ground on 27th November, from Liz Pill (B&B Development Officer), Stuart Lamb (The FA Technical Manager) and Matt Janes (FA Football Foundation Technical Manager), Matt recommended that we apply for funding and he will be our project contact liaison. Initial application processes have been completed and approved we are just waiting for the full application process to be completed. Decision on funding will be made in Q1 2016

The Football Foundation – Football Stadia Improvement Fund – Following a visit to the Ground on 27th November, from Liz Pill (B&B Development Officer), Stuart Lamb (The FA Technical Manager) and Matt Janes (FA Football Foundation Technical Manager), Matt recommended that we apply for funding and he will be our project contact liaison. Full application has been submitted. Decision on funding will be made in Q1 2016

Sports England – Inspired Facilities
Full application has been submitted. Decision on funding will be made in Q1 2016

Sports England – Protected Playing Fields Programme
Full application has been submitted. Decision on funding will be made in Q1 2016

SITA – Landfill Communities Fund
Full application has been submitted. Decision on funding will be made in January 2016

Tesco – Local Communities Fund
Full application has been submitted. Decision on funding will be made in January 2016

Bracknell Forest Borough Council – 106 developers Scheme
Following a visit to the Ground in November from Stephen Chown, the recently appointed Head of Countryside, Recreation and Parks at BFBC, we have passed our 106 application to Stephen who has reviewed that for us and advised on the appropriate areas to focus our funding request. The application has been revised accordingly and re-submitted. Decision expected in the New Year

FOOTNOTE:
If anyone would like further information about anything shown here or believe that they can offer any help to help the club achieve success in any and all aspects of this project then please feel free to contact me on: glenn112@btinternet.com OR 07775 794557

HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Currently we are still looking for contractors/builders to quote for the following work packages in the capital project:
New Build – 1 quote required for the fit-out of the Timber Frame building, to spec
Refurbishment of existing clubhouse – 1 quote required for dismantling and re-instatement to supplied design drawings

IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN QUOTING PLEASE LET ME KNOW/ CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATION.

4. PLANS APPROVED! – UPDATE – 21ST JAN 2016

The next step in the club’s development plans, led by Glann Duggleby, has been taken, with news this week that Bracknell Forest Borough Council have granted Planning Permission for the Changing Room works.

Great news for the club and everyone involved in the planning.

Glenn continues to lead the club’s funding efforts, with various grant applictions in progress.

3. GRANTS UPDATE AND PLANS – AUGUST 2016

It has been over 6 months since the last update for the Section of the Website that focusses on the Developments and Improvements of all things ‘Non-Player’ related, at the club. So, whilst this is long overdue, it has been a busy 6 months and I’m happy to say that all the efforts of those people who have been working hard behind the scenes to bring this project to Fruition, have finally been rewarded.

There will be an official press release hitting the local and national press in a few days regarding the result of the applications to our major funders, i.e. The Football Foundation and The Football Association. The headline result is as follows:

Binfield Football Club awarded £254,001 to develop and Improve their Hill Farm Lane Ground

In addition to these 2 grants we have also been successful in securing significant funding from the following:

• Bracknell Forest Borough Council
• Binfield Parish Council

These grants have been generously supported with donations from a number of our club members and sponsors. Throughout the funding application process we have received tremendous support from both councils mentioned above.

The Berks & Bucks FA, The Football Foundation and Reading Football Club have also supported all our applications and we plan to work very closely with all supporting organisations to put our development plan into action and maximise the benefits of this Development & Improvement project.

The various funding streams that we were making applications to were listed in a previous update and those above are the successful ones. We were not successful with the following three applications:

• SITA – Landfill Communities Fund
• Sports England – Inspired Facilities
• Sports England – Protected Playing Fields Programme

We still have a current application in for the ‘Bags of Help’ – Tesco, Local Communities Fund, having been initially un-successful, a decision on the latest funding is due by the end of August.

The Project timescales are pretty much defined by the FA/FF funding t+c’s, as follows:

1. By 31st July we will need to accept the grant offer or the offer will lapse and considered withdrawn – COMPLETED
2. By 30th November 2016 we will need to have requested the first payment of grant monies or have requested a delay to this timing
3. We will have 12 months to complete the project once started and to have claimed all grant monies.

SECURITY OF TENURE – OUR LEASE

An integral element of securing the funding was to ensure that we had a minimum of 20 years’ security of tenure at our Hills Farm Lane site. Our current 25-year lease had 17 years left to run so we have also been through the long process of negotiating a new lease.

Bracknell Forest Borough Council have been extremely supportive but this has been a long process, and I’m happy to say we are now approaching the end of this. We have just agreed and received the final draft from the council’s solicitor.

We now have to incorporate a few clauses from the Football Foundation’s legal team that they require to protect their funding. Graham is leading on the thankless task of co-ordinating the negotiations and communication between the three parties’ legal representatives.

We hope that all parties will be satisfied in the next week or two and then we will surrender our existing lease and the Executive committee will sign the ‘new’ and extended 30-year lease. Obviously this will allow us to apply for any additional and relevant funding up to 2026, when we will again fall below the 20-year security of tenure stipulation.

CAPITAL PROJECT PLAN

Whilst not being successful with the Sports England and SITA funding will have some impact on the ability to deliver all the elements previously described as the Capital Project, we will still be delivering the major elements, i.e.

• New Build changing rooms and showers for male and female players and officials, medical room and storage
• Refurbishment of existing clubhouse with new build male, female and disabled toilets, full DDA access, extended bar, new meeting/training/board room, new PA and AV systems for clubhouse and all external areas of the full site
• Replacement and Addition of Pitch and Walkway Safety Barriers to service the new building, refurbished clubhouse and DDA access to pitches.

The above elements will be now designated as Phase I of the capital project.

The Club’s Executive Committee have sanctioned the appointment of our own internal Team to manage this project.

The team is:

Graham Taylor – Finance and Legal Advice & Guidance
Glenn Duggleby – Project Co-ordinator
Jack Gibbs – Project Manager
Peter Jeavons – Technical Consultant
Mick Baldrey – Site & Works Manager

The funding was secured following tender submissions and the contractors tender specifications are now in the final stages of being developed into a full design specification by Peter, Jack and Mick.

Following the completion of the design in in the next couple of weeks, we will then be working with the contractors to get final project build and delivery costings.

We will then review these costings to see if our funding pot allows for any of the elements that are now designated as phase II of the capital project to be brought forward into phase I.

Prioritisation of these will depend on the amount of any surplus funding and will be discussed and decided upon by the Executive committee in liaison with the Internal Project team.

These are:
• Car Park refurbishments
• Expansion of Pitch and Walkway Safety Barriers and DDA access to pitches 2 & 3
• Pitch 1 and 2 Irrigation System (Sports England – Protected Playing Fields Programme ONLY)

All elements of the Capital Project that we are unable to include as part of phase I will be taken forward when we look at future funding opportunities and to re-visit the revised Sports England funding streams due for release next year.

FOOTNOTE:
If anyone would like further information about anything shown here or believe that they can offer any help to help the club achieve success in any and all aspects of this project, then please feel free to contact me on: glenn@c4e.onmicrosoft.com OR 07775 794557

2. LEASE SIGNED AND CONTRACTOR CONFIRMED….

6th December 2016

It seems like a lifetime since the last update………..a lifetime chasing forms, letters, e-mails and god knows what else around the legal equivalent of spaghetti junction…………..However, we are now finally at the starting line.

This week the new 30-year lease was signed by our three nominated Executive Members, namely Bob, Andy and Graham. They also signed the document related to the legal aspects of the grants from The Football Foundation and The Football Association.

I delivered these documents to our solicitor this morning and they will now be signed off and dated by Bracknell forest Borough Council and the Football Foundation.

With the legal wrangling all but complete we have now been granted permission by our funders to appoint our Main contractor for the Development and Improvement Project (DIP). The contractor we have appointed are a local firm, based in Earley, Morris & Blunt Ltd.

Our Project team (see below) will be meeting with Melvyn Blunt and his project team for the Project ‘Start-up’- meeting, to discuss and agree the works programme, payment schedules, site safety and all logistics of project delivery. This meeting has been set for Thursday 15th December at 6.30 pm.

Binfield FC – In-house Project Team
Graham Taylor – Financial Management & Executive Committee Representative
Glenn Duggleby – Project Co-ordination
Mick Baldrey – Site Management
Peter Jevons – Technical and project management consultant
Rob Challis – Club resources and logistics

The project commencement date when Morris & Blunt should start setting up the site has been provisionally agreed for January 9th. Please watch out for further notices and website bulletins about the site as Health & Safety will be of prime importance to all site users and the site management and operatives.

CAPITAL PROJECT PLAN

At this stage, M&B have been appointed for Phase I of the project. The project has been phased due to accessibility and it is planned that all functions and activities at Hill Farm Lane will be continued during this stage of the capitol project.

Phase I relates to the ‘new build’ aspect only and the associated ancillaries, e.g. site, drainage, pitch access etc.
See here and on display in the clubhouse

Phase II will be the refurbishment of the existing clubhouse and will follow directly after the new changing facilities have been handed over

There will be more information to follow in the coming weeks in many aspects of this project and especially in the New Year as the site works start and Health & Safety will become high on everyone’s agenda.

FOOTNOTE:
If anyone would like further information about anything shown here or believe that they can offer any help to help the club achieve success in any and all aspects of this project, then please feel free to contact me on: glenn@c4e.onmicrosoft.com OR 07775 794557

1. DEVELOPMENT UPDATE – JUNE 2016

Massive progress towards completion for the new season…

See our pictures here…