Like lots of sports facilities, Burnage Rugby Club sits in a lovely semi rural location, bordered by a River to the south and woodland surrounding and adjacent to the local trading estate. This 11 acre site sees around 3000 visitors a week through its doors. The Rugby Club has Rugby as its main focus, but facilities support a multitude of sports including; football, Golf, Footgolf, American Football, Hurling, Aussie Rules and more. Players and spectators range from 3 year old rugby players to senior citizens enjoying the bar and catering facilities every weekend.
It’s a busy site! The old timber doors and window frames on this 1970’s built club house, were showing signs of decay and there was the added concern of security at night and even in the winter weekday evenings, where small numbers of staff man facilities up to 10pm.
It was time for a serious upgrade and Cheadle Glass surveyed the site at the end of the 2017 rugby season to advise on replacement doors and windows, that were compliant with a public licensed premises and offer advanced security, whilst adding to the aesthetics and customer user friendliness of the site.
The results are stunning, with a new 5 metre run of heavy duty commercial sliding doors opening the bar on to the patio and BBQ area and linking usable space to the outdoor gazebo to the rear of the building. Plus new main Aluminium entrance doors with self closing hinges, outward opening for compliance and with the added feature of the Club’s Shield design sandblast etched in to the glazed panels.
Both thresholds benefit from advanced security locks and the toughened glazed panels that replaced the old solid doors add much needed light to the reception areas and clear views of visitors requesting access using electron remote lock release via CCTV.
Paul Moss, General Manager at the Burnage RFC site said.“It sounds silly to suggest that new doors could make such a difference to the club, but they really have. We have more natural light, better security and the sliding doors when fully retracted have created a completely new feel to the clubs usable social space, especially when the weather is good.”
The club is a popular destination for Sunday Christening parties and summer social events including many corporate users who combine the sports facilities with the catering options for mid week team building days.
“All Amateur sports clubs are challenged to generate revenues to keep afloat”, added Kevin Barnwell, Club Chairman in 2017, “the investment in our infrastructure with Cheadle Glass has been well received by members and guests and our private function bookings are up considerably. It’s amazing what a difference this has made with many visitors commenting on the quality of the venue and its facilities.”
Burnage RFC is fairly typical of the licensed premises that work with Cheadle Glass, they needed to get the right solution and had limited budget as an amateur sports club, but club management recognised that they needed a quality product that was compliant with all public liability legislation, met the now more stringent requirements of its insurers and from which they could expect a usable lifespan of another 20 years as the club heads towards its centenary.
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