Reed Watts Architect Appointment - May 2018
excited to let you know that the New Clubhouse Development team
received 58 applications from architects interested in our project.
Here's what's happened over the last few weeks:
Before Easter David Haywood, Nikki Linsell, Rob Austen and I met in the back bar of the Leg of Mutton and went through these 58 applications and narrowed them down to 6.
We invited these 6 to give us a 2x page A3 expanded proposal and 2 weeks later these were received.
A further meeting took place on 9 April where we were joined by Sarah Jane Stanley parent and FSA committee member and Bob Davies Chair of the Rugby Club. We put together a scoring matrix and went through the 6 expanded proposals in detail.
6 were whittled down to 3 and those 3 firms were invited for interview
last week at Ashtead Cricket Club where we also invited David Richardson
as Chair of Cricket Club.
Each firm had an hour to give a presentation followed by Q&A.
3 firms were competitive but we felt that one best offered what will be
required to make this project a success for the OFA and all
Stakeholders so those present unanimously agreed to award the contract
to Reed Watts
In summary, the reasons included:
a sustainable design approach nestled in the landscape successfully
mitigating visual noise and light pollution to our neighbours, whilst
being mindful of the archaeology, the proximity of the Main House and
screening from the Listed Bridge, the ecology and the changes in level
due to the topography of the site
a real understanding of the safeguarding issues - the ability to ring
fence the site and showing forward thinking regarding zoning areas of
- they have recently completed Regent’s Park open air theatre extension (http://www.reedwatts.com/open-air-theatre/) and are on site with Teddington Cricket Club based within the listed Bushy Park (http://www.reedwatts.com/teddington-cricket-pavilion/)
they have been mindful of tree root protection for both the building
and the car parking and have demonstrated cost effective technologies
already utilised in Regent's Park to satisfy their planning department
they took the original outline drawings prepared by Ian Robinson at
Mountford Piggott and suggested revising the scheme to create a building
with less impact on existing trees, neighbours and to consolidate the
they really understood about the materiality of the building and
listened to our advice that whilst being a building we can all be proud
of, that it should 'disappear' as much as possible and also fit in
aesthetically with the new pool and music/boarding buildings in the Park
the firm is young and eager but come from established previous
practices including a recent Hawkins Brown alumni (the School's
next steps are to work with Reed Watts and stakeholders on the final
designs and we hope to go for planning permission in September this
are enough funds raised from events held at the Clubhouse over the
years to pay for the work to get us to the planning stage. So we have
not touched the funds given by the generous folk that make lump or
monthly donations over the last few years.
With very best wishes,
Theo van Dort
Old Freemen's Association