word only lead by Tracy Walker
A FORMER derelict club is set to be given a complete refit to make it more family friendly.
Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club, based in Grainger Street, will set up home in the former Iona Club, in Easington Road, later this year.
David Loughrey, of town-based ASP Associates, has been appointed as the architect overseeing plans to overhaul the Iona ready for Rovers’ members to move into and Mr Loughrey said his company was delighted to be on board the project.
He said the new club will have a new front added, a new tiled pitched roof, a beer garden and family area, as well as a completely refurbished interior.
Mr Loughrey’s firm of chartered designers and project managers, based in Vega House, in Grange Road, specialises in licensed premises.
Their previous projects include The Schooner at Seaton Carew and the former 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue nightclubs.
The company, which has been trading for 30 years, has recently finished work on a new pub in Sheffield.
Mr Loughrey, a senior partner with ASP, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract by Rovers’ committee.
“Because we specialise in this type of work, we are able to do all the architectural design work and all the interior design.
“We are commissioned to take the job from inception through to completion. “We are out to tender to local Hartlepool contractors which will create jobs for the town and we are going to start with a clean sheet.
“It’s an empty shell at the moment and a 1970s building.
“We will be completely re-designing it and bringing it into the 21st Century.”
Work is expected to start later this month, with completion scheduled for September.
The new club will also have disabled access, a lift and a boundary fence.
The Mail previously reported that the quoit club had been threatened with a compulsory purchase order, along with several surrounding streets, as part of a regeneration scheme.
Club users had hit out at being included in the order, as Hartlepool Borough Council said the action was necessary to protect £5m of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for new houses.
But the dispute was settled before Christmas, when the club and council agreed a sale and decided to take over the Iona as an alternative venue.