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We recently completed applications to the Environment Agency for approval of Waste Recovery Plans on behalf of two golf clubs, working alongside environment consultancy Kalex Ltd. The applications were lodged on behalf of Moor Park Golf Club and West Essex Golf Club. In both cases, the clubs had plans for the improvement and extension of their practice facilities. Both applications were approved.

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Bridget Baker Consulting asked us to assist with a review of 3 of the Training and Activity Centres owned by Girl Guiding UK. The centres provide girl-guiding with bases for training and leisure breaks, including camping and outdoor activity holidays. The review was aimed at identifying additional sources of revenue for the centres and ensuring their continuing viability.

We were asked by D&J International Consulting to assist with an appraisal of an Information Memorandum on behalf of a prospective purchaser of a European operator of theme parks, water parks, aquaria and zoos.images isla magica images pleasurewood hills

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We were retained by the owners of Slinfold Park, a successful golf and spa resort to assist Indigo Planning to prepare an application for planning permission for extensions to the existing golf clubhouse to provide additional treatment rooms, function space and a 70-bed golf lodge. Our remit was to demonstrate the business case for the proposed development which was complemented by the erection of a new golf academy building with additional driving range and training bays. Planning permission was granted in early 2016.

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Northstowe is a planned new town of 10,000 homes on land to the north of Cambridge. We first became involved with developers Gallagher in 2004 working alongside Jonathan Dickins Consulting to help demonstrate that planning objections to development on an existing golf course could be overcome on grounds that the course was surplus to local needs. That led to a second phase of work to prepare a Sports Recreation and Play strategy for the proposed new town, which was submitted as part of a planning application to South Cambridgeshire District Council. The application was never determined, partly because of the economic downturn in 2008.

Ownership of part of the development site subsequently changed and the construction programme was split into 3 phases. Gallagher own the northern part of the site and are developing phase 1 of the new town. Phase 2 is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency. We have prepared separate Sports Strategies, one for each phase of the development, on behalf of the two owners; both strategies have been submitted and approved by the planning authority. Play strategies for each phase will be prepared at a future date.

For Alaska Development Consultants, we prepared a report in support of a planning application for conversion of the Brighton Hippodrome into a Vue cinema complex with associated restaurants. Brighton Hippodrome Concept ImageThe planning authority supported the application as being the only viable option for preservation of the building and for its future use as an entertainment centre. The Hippodrome has been empty for several years since its last use as a bingo hall and the internal fabric is deteriorating. The cost of restoration and refurbishment is substantial. Local campaigners mounted a vigorous challenge to the proposals in pursuit of the objective of saving the Hippodrome as a theatre. The landowners have sold the building and the new owners are not now proceeding with the cinema proposals.

Working with D&J International Consulting, we prepared estimates of future financial performance of a new cultural centre complex in Kuwait. The complex is under construction and consists of 3 theatres, 2 concert halls, a conference centre including cinema and a library. Kuwait Cultural Centre graphicWe proceeded to phase 2 of the contract, which involved the specification of operating and FM contracts for the management of the centre and oversight of the procurement process.

The City Council owns two golf courses and needed to be sure that they were delivering the best possible value in the context of the Council’s objectives. One course is managed via a management contract with a local golf professional; the other via a lease to a private operator.Portsmouth Golf Club Image

Working as part of a team from the Golf Consultants Association, we reviewed the condition of both courses, and their business and operating performance, and advised the Council on future options in regard to: golf course improvements; pricing policy; management structure; performance monitoring; and issues concerning the lease.

We have been helping overseas owners of a golf hotel in Surrey to explore the commercial implications of different development concepts as a basis for future growth. The preferred concept will be one that matches product (spa, golf, outdoor enjoyment of the estate, and accommodation style) and market positioning (family, adult, members only – mid market, up-market, luxury) with anticipated trends in consumer preferences and target markets for the specific location.

With our associates Bridget Baker Consulting, we prepared preliminary financial models to help understand the investment potential of each tested concept, which, when set alongside design ideas and images from the project architect will lead, it is hoped, to a decision by the owners on the preferred way forward.

We were asked to carry out an appraisal of plans for the development of high quality holiday cottages at a site in the Eden District of Cumbria in the Lake District. In particular, we were asked to advise on:

1)      Likely rents

2)      Likely occupancy rates

3)      Commentary on unit sizes and numbers of bedrooms

4)      Facilities to be offered on site

5)      Likely costs of management (having an on-site manager); and running costs generally. Read the rest of this entry »