Club Construction

Extract from Bowls Australia Club Construction Guidelines Manual

Building new club rooms or refurbishing or extending existing facilities is one of the most important projects a bowling club will undertake. Most bowling clubs operate on a limited budget, so it is critical to ensure any investment is wisely and to minimise the risk of something going wrong. 

Construction projects involve significant costs which can escalate or be wasted if badly managed. A construction or refurbishment project is going to offer a new challenge for most bowling clubs. It will require new skills and ways of working. 

The key to any refurbishment or construction project is sound planning. Planning is not an added option, but is crucial for the project in order to: 

  • identify the key risks; 
  • ensuring sound financial management; 
  • maintaining a clear focus on essential matters; and 
  • carrying the project to a successful conclusion and establishing the foundations for effective on going management. 

In approaching the task of planning a major project, the bowling club should avoid re-inventing the wheel and look to capitalise on the experiences of others and this publication provided by Bowls Australia.

Read the Bowls Australia Club Construction Guidelines Manual

Club Maintenance
Regular on-going maintenance of the facility is essential.
Clubs by their very nature are high wear facilities; the materials, finishes and services all require regular monitoring and maintenance.
Considerations are:
• Cleaning gutters;
• Flushing stormwater drains;
• Cleaning grease traps;
• Regular and systematic general cleaning;
• Kitchen and bar maintenance;
• Painting;
• Locks and operation of doors;
• Electrical services and lighting.

Security
Your new or refurbished bowls club is a valuable asset and one that should be protected. Wireless security cameras, also known as Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras transmit a video and audio signal to a wireless receiver through a radio band.
Many wireless security cameras require at least one cable or wire for power; ‘wireless’ refers to the transmission of video/audio. However more modern systems can be battery-powered, making the cameras truly ‘wireless’.
Wireless cameras are proving very popular due to their low installation costs (there is no need to cables) and additionally the more flexible mounting options. Wireless cameras can be installed in locations previously unavailable to wired cameras.
In addition to the ease of use and convenience of access, wireless security camera allows users to leverage broadband wireless internet to provide seamless video streaming over-internet. 
Remember, there are certain rules and guidelines as to how and where security cameras can be installed. Consult your local supplier for the regulations and the system that will best suit your clubs needs.