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Game, set and match


McLaughlin & Harvey has completed the £5m state-of-the-art Chandos Tennis Club in Barnet, London.

The new tennis club includes four outdoor synthetic grass courts, one junior court and four covered tennis courts with a bespoke tent style canopy roof. The PVC fabric roof covering allows the space to be naturally ventilated, boosting the energy efficiency of the building while also offering protection from the weather all year long.

A new clubhouse with lounge, café, gymnasium, meeting room and changing facilities was also provided. The clubhouse was built with a steel frame, timber cladding and completed with a high-specification finish. The new facility also has 26 secure cycle racks and 41 car parking spaces for members.

Built to be as environmentally friendly as possible, the clubhouse roof is equipped with thermal panels to provide hot water for the whole facility, while photovoltaic panels generate electricity. Water harvesting tanks were also installed to collect rainwater for flushing the toilets.

McLaughlin & Harvey was appointed main contractor for the new tennis club in November 2014 and has completed the project on time and on budget. The new facility was built to replace the previous tennis club situated a couple of miles from the new site.

Steven Gunn, Project Manager at McLaughlin & Harvey, said, “We worked very closely with Chandos Tennis Club and the local authority to bring them along with us on the journey of the build, ensuring they were involved at every step to deliver what they expected. We have a long track record of working on sports and leisure facilities across the country and we’ve enjoyed delivering a project which is so important to the club members and the community in North East London.”

David Bernstein, Chairman at Chandos Tennis Club, said, “The club was founded about 80 years ago, based at the same site in Hampstead. Our previous facility was very good but this is a real step up in terms of quality and will make a great difference to the members. The contractor has done a fantastic job, we’re most impressed, and the process has been as trouble-free as you could possible hope for.”

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