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 the second two squash courts, Silom Sala, Kiddies Pool, Staff House and Fitness Centre were all added by the 1990s. As these have aged and become dated there has been debate for many years about how these should be refurbished or replaced.
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 baht 26 and 29) 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. Demolition work is expected to commence in July and this website will provide regular updates and answer frequently asked questions (FAQs)
For completeness, the website contains the original design brief, details of the 2016 design competition and all of the drawings/ papers prepared for the January 2017 EGM.
Chapman Taylor’s final design is presented below, together with a short animation illustrating their vision for future.
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