Poolside Redevelopment

Silom Wing Project Timelapse Video

Poolside Redevelopment Project – Silom Wing

The British Club Swimming Pool was built in the 1960s and the original buildings included the current Kitchen, Changing Rooms, Surawongse Sala and Squash Court #1. All of these buildings have been refurbished over the years and two additional squash courts, a Silom Sala, Kiddies Pool, Staff House and Fitness Centre were all added by the 1990s. As we moved into the new Millennium these had aged and become dated spurring debate about how these should be refurbished or replaced.

After years of debate, plans to redevelop of the Silom Road end of Poolside were agreed by the Members at the AGM in 2014. However, designs presented at successive EGMs in 2014 and 2015 (at costs varying between THB 26 and 29 million) failed to get approval. This was mainly because it was felt that design options had not been adequately explored and not enough consideration had been given to possible future developments.

During 2016 four Architectural firms were invited to participate in a design competition. Their Concept Designs were posted on the Club website, displayed at the poolside, evaluated by a technical team and feedback was invited from staff and Members. Architects Chapman Taylor’s concept was the clear favourite and in September they were commissioned to develop their design in detail, taking into account feedback received.

The design envisages the eventual replacement of all of the existing poolside buildings and structures other than, for now, the main swimming pool itself. The Silom Wing is the first phase of the development and was approved at an EGM on 31st January 2017 at a cost of baht 29 million.

Tenders for the Silom Wing Project were invited in June and initial contracts for Hoardings & Demolition and Piling Foundations were let in September. Staff facilities were relocated from the staff house to the former Pavilion Café, the Silom end of the poolside closed, and Hoarding and Demolition work began on 18th September 2017.

This website provides regular updates and answer frequently asked questions (FAQs). It contains the original design brief, the 2016 design competition, drawings/ papers prepared for the January 2017 EGM, as well as final design details and progress on delivery.

Chapman Taylor’s design is presented below with a short animation illustrating their vision for future.