Trinity Hospital, Retford - Darrel Room and Tennis Club

An Extension to a Grade II Listed Building in Retford and New Build Construction of a Tennis Pavilion in its grounds.

Project: Construction of a New Clubhouse for Retford Lawn Tennis Club, at Trinity Hospital, Retford and Extensions to the Existing Building to create a new Common Room - "The Darrel Room"

Client: Trinity Estates

Site Manager: Steve Lyon

Completion: December 2015

This project was unique, the extension to a Grade II Listed Building which is over 300 years old.

Trinity Hospital was established in 1671 after Dr John Darrel bequeathed Retford Hall in his will to provide accommodation and hospitality for 15 gentlemen in need within the Bassetlaw District. 

In 2015, T.G. Sowerby Developments tendered and secured the contract to construct an extension on the Trinity Hospital Alms Houses Building on Hospital Road, Retford. The intention was to provide a common area for use as a social meeting area as well as a multi-use meeting space and a function space for garden parties. In addition, the opportunity was taken to construct a new Pavilion facility for the Retford Lawn Tennis Club, whose courts are in the grounds of Trinity Hospital and whose existing accommodation was no longer deemed suitable. Both projects were delivered simultaneously, with the Tennis Club handed back in September 2015 and the Darrel Room handed back in December 2015.

During the entire project, a first-class relationship was maintained between the entire project team, and between T.G. Sowerby's staff on site and the Bretheren living at Trinity Hospital. The Extension Works were filmed using a time-lapse camera by Canon Lewis, who created a 10 minute video showcasing the works from beginning to end.

An excellent working relationship was also built-up with the Bassetlaw Building Control Section and at the conclusion of the project, they entered the Darrel Room for the East Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards, where it was nominated for three categories, including "Best Small Commercial Building" where it was the winner of its category and went through to the National Finals at London.

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