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Warkworth Squash Club Fundraising continues to meet unexpected costs Warkworth Tennis and Squash Club has been left with a $30,000 shortfall for a major building project that is close to completion. The club began the project two years ago to build a new squash court at the rear of its clubrooms, and the end is finally in sight. But the $370,000 project has been hit with various unexpected costs, and the latest is a requirement by the Auckland Council that it install 60 smoke detectors throughout the building. Club president Joyce Marshall says the club was shocked to be told last week that the detectors will be needed to meet fire safety requirements. Until now, the club has relied on several fire hoses throughout the building, and regular safety checks. “We’ve even got to have one in the cleaning cupboard,” she says. “We’ve had quotes of $19,000, so that’s blown out the budget. All these extras keep cropping up, but that’s a biggie.” The club has already protested over some of the fees it was required to pay to Council, including a bond it was required to lodge in case of any damage to the public footpath
The roof has finally gone on the new Warkworth squash court.
outside, and a public transport levy. The protest worked, and Council agreed to reduce its bill. But it has so far been told it will just have to live with the fire safety report. “That was unexpected,” she says. Despite such hiccups, club members are delighted with progress so far. Over the past few weeks there has
been a flurry of activity on site, as tradespeople have put the finishing touches to the project. A roof shout was held last week after the roof went on, and members have also chipped in with more minor jobs such as painting and Gib-stopping. The project has involved building a new court at the rear of the building, with grandstand seating for 60 people,
and a glass wall that also opens out onto the tennis courts. The ladies toilets have had to be relocated from the back of the building to the basement. “We needed an extra court for tournaments, because two courts is really not enough,” says Joyce. “It means we can have bigger and better tournaments. We’ve also got heaps of juniors, which is difficult with just two courts.” Having to demolish the old ladies toilets added to the expense, but could not be avoided. All proceeds from the club’s annual fundraising dinner this year will go towards the new court. The dinner, which will be prepared by members, will be held at the clubrooms on June 19, with marathon runner and local resident Allison Roe as guest speaker. The club has also been selling plaques to raise funds, as well as sponsorship packages that include advertising on the tennis court fence, and/or inside the clubrooms. For last-minute tickets to the dinner on June 19, contact Joyce on 425 5674. Tickets cost $70 for two people. Sponsorship packages are also still available, ranging from $70 to $225.
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Warkworth Squash Club
Local businesses combine work with leisure When Simon Munro decided to join the Warkworth Tennis and Squash Club two years ago, he had no idea he would be leaving his permanent mark on the place. But it just so happened that the club was looking to hire a builder for major renovations, so it was natural that it turned to the Matakana resident for the job. “I’m an avid squash player and [club president Joyce Marshall] certainly wanted to have someone who is a member of the club building the project,” he explains. Simon’s firm, North Head Builders, has been on site for more than five months. For most of that time, it has been just Simon and his apprentice who have been steadily working their way through a raft of tasks that they hope will eventually deliver a stunning new look for the club. “I’m going to be looking at it for a long time, which is a little bit nerve-wracking. If something goes wrong, I’ll have to leave town,” he jokes. Simon describes the brief as a “fun challenge”. “There are not many squash court builders around, so you don’t get a lot of practice at it,” he notes. “It’s a little unusual because you don’t have a mid-floor, so you have to use a lot more scaffolding.” He believes the final result, which should be ready in just a few weeks, will be a fantastic development for the club. “Squash is increasing in popularity again, and there’s lots of juniors coming through. Three is a really nice number of courts to have for holding tournaments, and coaching and all that sort of stuff. It enables two courts to be in use, and for there to still be one for existing members to be on.”
Simon Munro can’t wait to play on the court he is helping to build.
Chris Drinnan, from drainlaying firm Drinnan Contractors, says the project has had its tricky moments, such as when the ladies toilets had to be relocated from out the back of the building, to under the basement at the front. “I actually had to unbolt the cab off my little digger so we could get in under there and dig the basement
out from under the floor. Then we found an old set of steps under there, and old concrete piles, so it ended up being a lot more involved than we thought.” Apart from that, however, the job has gone smoothly, he says, and they have been pretty lucky with the weather.
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Members of the Warkworth Tennis and Squash Club halted play briefly last month when a helicopter had to be brought in to move some beams for the building project. Because the beams weighed around a tonne, using a helicopter was the only way they could be moved into place. Jan Coppins, operations coordinator for Skywork, says although the manoeuvre took only 10 to 15 minutes to complete, a lot of preparation was required. “It does take quite a bit of planning from a health and safety perspective. We have to contact the school and
all the nearby neighbours so they are aware of it. The pilot and ground crew go and assess it and look at the beams and so on, so on the day we can be in and out of there as quickly as possible.” The operation was timed so that children from Warkworth School were in class and away from the nearby sports fields. In the end, the operation went very smoothly, says Jan. “For Skywork, when there’s any operation like this, but particularly when we’re in a built-up area, health and safety is number one.” Skywork owner Roger Stevenson is a member of the club.
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