Revamped clubrooms unveiled

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The $300,000 redevelopment of the Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club facilities is complete and the club is preparing for its open day this weekend.

Renovations, which started in May and finished in October, include a new kitchen, bathrooms and changing rooms and the addition of an equipment storeroom.

Clubrooms redevelopment committee chairman Barry Sleeman said the club had upgraded most of the building, which it had been in since 1970, except the windows and exterior cladding.

“It’s been a big project.”

The equipment storeroom at the back of the building was the only structural addition to the building, and everything else had been upgraded.

“It’s so much better now.”

The club applied for land use consent in October 2015 before renegotiating its lease with the Dunedin City Council, who it rents the property from, in order to renovate the rooms and add the storeroom.

Before the renovations, members of the club discussed relocating but decided to stay at the current property due to the nearby field and lack of other suitable options.

Mr Sleeman said the building was in a good area as it was close to Corstorphine Park, where members often trained.

The upgrade was funded by leftover proceeds from the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon and several grants from local organisations such as The Otago Community Trust, Bendigo Valley Sports and Charity Foundation and the Lion Foundation, among others.

“Our members run that marathon every year as our main activity and any proceeds that we made go into the club reserves.”

Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club life member John Stinsonthe clubrooms ready for the start of the children’s athletics season.

“This facility is ideal for children.

“They are a big part of the summer season for us.”

The Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club opening will be held today (Saturday) the clubrooms on Middleton Rd. Dunedin City Council councillor Aaron Hawkins is set to attend.

The renovations

Equipment storeroom

Re-profiled roof, guttering and downpipes

Insulation

Interior linings and ceilings

Carpet and vinyl

Mains electrical supply and wiring

Lighting and heatpump

Gas hot water supply

Seven individual shower cubicles

Two changing rooms and ventilation system

Disabled toilet/shower/changeroom

Kitchen

Reconfigured social area

Additional fire egress and signage