Gosforth Fields Sports Association Sheffield
The RFU asked Club Design to become involved in this project. GFSA is a charitable organisation set up with the amalgamation of 2 junior football clubs and a rugby club. GFSA took over the running of a multi-pitch site following the closure of a high school under the Building Schools for The Future program. Once the school buildings had been demolished, the local authority sold that part of the site to Persimmon Homes, leasing the grass pitches to GFSA. This meant that they had a site but no support facilities. Club Design and club members approached Derbyshire County Council with an idea to extend the residential development area by including some old tennis courts for Persimmon to build houses on, thereby providing additional funds that would pump prime grant applications. This was agreed and a deal was struck with Persimmon. The moneys secured were then bolstered by grant funding, providing enough money for a new 8 changing room clubhouse, complete with 2 social rooms, office and commercial kitchen. Also provided as part of the scheme was improved drainage to grass pitches, a new car park and a full sized 3G artificial grass pitch.
Funding: Sale of part of lease area to Persimmon, Football Foundation, Sport England, Wren.
Approximate Project Value: £2.4M
GFSA made up of AFC Dronfield FC, Dronfield Town FC and Dronfield RUFC
Traditional form of contract for building contract and grass pitches contract, RFU framework agreement for ATP.
Construction of new 3G ATP with floodlights, new 8 changing room clubhouse, complete with 2 social rooms, commercial kitchen and office. The clubhouse is a statement of cutting edge green technology, with hot water generated by solar power, toilets flushed using rainwater harvesting and heating via a ground source heat pump. Additionally, the scheme sees a new 133 space car park and the grass pitches extended in size and with improved drainage. There is also substantial landscaping and tree planting.
Negotiations with County Council agreeing principle of sale to Persimmon.
Negotiations with planning authority to allow housing enabling development.
Full feasibility study and cost information.
All plans, elevations, site layouts and specifications.
Submission of planning applications.
Public consultation exercise.
Liaison with Persimmon and County Council.
All architectural work and project management, including tender action and appointment of ground and building contractors.
Financial schedules to committee on monthly basis throughout construction phase.